Kingfisher: off the the bank. Illustration: Michael Viney

In the brownish-greyish-greenish blur of a north Dublin estuary in midwinter, the bird was a jewelled arrow from another, leafier and more opulent inl(...)

The historical Éire sign in Howth which is being restored. File photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Work has begun to uncover and restore the “Éire” sign at Howth Head, installed almost 80 years ago to warn fighter pilots not to drop bombs on Ireland(...)

Puffins visit land only to breed, nesting in burrows and crevices. Illustration by Michael Viney

“I was trying to remember today how the colours are banded on the puffin’s curious triangular bill: was it red-yellow-blue or blue-yellow-red? So I de(...)

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has raised concerns that people out walking in parks and elsewhere outdoors are failing to maintain advised social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has raised concerns that people out walking in parks and elsewhere outdoors are failing to maintain advised so(...)

Fish in seagrass. Illustration: Michael Viney

Swamping the ditches, swelling the streams, brimming the rivers beyond their banks, February’s floods arrived at the sea with a whole new burden of se(...)

The skylark is among the species that has been attracted to Feargal Ó Cuinneagáin’s meadows of richly mixed native herbs and wild flower. Drawing by Michael Viney

On first encounter a generation ago, it seemed such gawky jargon, the coinage of science journals, that I winced at using it here in ordinary, affable(...)

Roseate tern numbers improved thanks to a project that saw the Rockabill Island colony grow from 152 pairs in 1989 to 1,603 pairs in 2017. Photograph: Brian Burke

While frosty mornings are currently being shunned by some, birders nationwide are embracing the outdoors. Their reason? To help to paint a picture of (...)

Rare moss at the Allihies mine in west Cork. Illustration: Michael Viney

To go back to basics . . . A “habitat” is where particular plants and animals live and reproduce most successfully. Its size and character depend on (...)

 Scoter sea ducks. Illustration: Michael Viney

The far lake behind the shore is “David’s lake”, cradled between the sandy machair and a land cliff dark with ivy. After a long life in ornithology,(...)

‘We, as a department, have never certified dogs to be exported from Ireland to Pakistan and we haven’t certified dogs to be exported to China since 2016 nor will we,’ says Minister Michael Creed. Photograph: Ray McManus

Irish officials plan to meet their British counterparts over the issue of Irish greyhounds being exported via the UK to third countries, the Minister (...)

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