The corncrake, known for its rasping call, was once widespread across the countryside, but the population was decimated by mechanised farming. Photograph: iStock

The State’s bid to save the corncrake from national extinction received a boost last year with the number of calling males increasing by 8 per cent to(...)

Wicklow accounts for over a third of all deer shot by licensed hunters in Ireland in the last hunting season, and a high concentration of deer in certain areas has been linked to outbreaks of TB.  Photograph: Wild Deer Association of Ireland

Plans to cull possibly thousands of wild deer in Co Wicklow are to be stepped up next month with the setting-up of teams to police animal populations (...)

 Hunting and conservation: No hunter sets out to return empty-handed but   there is more to the pursuit than killing. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg/Getty

Very early on a recent Sunday morning, Mark Craven took his boat out on Lough Ree. He carefully arranged 30 duck decoys – floating models of mallard a(...)

Galway City Council workers placing sandbags at the Spanish Arch to prevent flooding by high tides during storm Callum in Galway city on Thursday Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The National Emergency Co-ordination Group has warned the public to stay away from coastal areas until the lifting of a Status Orange weather warning (...)

Wildlife ranger Lorcan Scott is responsible for more than 50 raised bogs in the east and south of Ireland.

What do you think of when you hear the words wildlife ranger? A man in a flak jacket with binoculars and a camera slung across his shoulders and a gun(...)

The sudden appearance of signs threatening to prosecute hikers at Luggala, Co Wicklow, is most unwelcome. Photograph: Mountaineering Ireland

The sudden appearance of signs threatening to prosecute hikers at Luggala, Co Wicklow, is most unwelcome. It is also a poor tribute to the memory of t(...)

Once they have killed and gutted a deer, poachers mark the location with GPS for later collection. File photograph: Getty Images

Wildlife criminals, including deer poachers and gangs capturing wild birds for sale abroad, “are pillaging the countryside”, according to the senior g(...)

Looking over Lough Tay, with Luggala Mountain on the right. It has been noted that  'private property' signs have been appearing around the Co Wicklow estate in recent weeks. Photograph: Mountaineering Ireland

Mountaineering Ireland has appealed to Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan to acquire the uplands surrounding Luggala estate in Co Wicklow for the pu(...)

The two dead adult falcons and the three eggs recovered by NPWS staff from a nest  in the Cooley mountains.

Gardaí and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are seeking the public’s help in relation to the unlawful killing of two peregrine falcons i(...)

A Coillte helicopter takes water to a dam at the top of The Cut road in the Slieve Bloom mountains. Photograph: Laois Fire and Rescue/Twitter

People are again being asked to stay away from the Slieve Bloom mountains in counties Laois and Offaly as firefighting efforts continue on Saturday mo(...)

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