Storm Emma  washed away sand near Portrane leading to one family being forced to leave their beach home last April. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Engineers have been brought in to help fight serious coastal erosion in north Dublin that is threatening seaside properties in the wake of Storm Emma.(...)

An Taisce’s Ian Lumley says he has no objection in principle to a documentary but questions the use of a drone for close camera work when puffins and other birdlife are nesting on the Skellig islands.   Photograph: David Sleator

An Taisce has expressed concern about the impact of drone use on Skellig Michael’s seasonal puffin population during filming of a documentary on the U(...)

 Willie Penrose. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

State agencies questioned about continued flooding on the Galway-Limerick railway line have been told to “buck up” and find a solution to it. “You (...)

Abbeyleix Bog: the project has shown how community awareness and action can help shift a powerful corporation towards protecting our environment

It is fitting that National Biodiversity Week opens on Saturday with, among a wealth of other attractive and family-friendly events across the country(...)

Hedgerow blackthorn blossom provide early nectar for pollinating bees. Illustration: Michael Viney

Looking out from my desk through a skeletal weave of branches, I glimpse the white blur of a grazing ewe moving closely beyond the hedge, the patch of(...)

First images of the spectacular deep-waters corals found on the “Theresa” carbonate mound in the Porcupine Seabight, southwest of Ireland. Images: Southampton Oceanographic Centre

Ireland’s deep-water coral reefs may be changing far more rapidly than previously thought, according to new research by University College Cork (UCC) (...)

’Mucky Jack’ is released back into the wilds of Co Wicklow, part of a study that shows some male badgers are ‘”super-rangers” and may help spread  bovine tuberculosis.

Irish scientists have observed a pattern of “super-ranging” behaviour in badgers who venture far beyond their normal territories, which may be contrib(...)

Coypum: introduced from South America, they are  up to a metre long – including a rat-like tail – and weigh some 9kg. They are rather like small beavers with a flash of bright orange incisors. Illustration: Michael Viney

A minor trauma of my infancy was being swept into the embrace of an aunt who used to visit in her posh fur coat. Prickly, dark and smothering, it was (...)

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny on a tour of Tayto Park and Factory in 2013.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Some 30 animals including pygmy goats, monkeys, pot-bellied pigs and a meerkat died at Tayto Park in 2016, park officials have confirmed. The release(...)

Peregrine falcon: their  populations are still recovering from devastating declines in the 1960s linked to DDT, a pesticide, which caused thin eggshells and breeding failure. Photograph: David McNicholas

The peregrine falcon, the fastest bird in the world, is making a slow and steady comeback in Ireland. This is the conclusion from a recent survey of p(...)

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