NIEA’s freshwater ecologist Andrew Doran checks out good and bad bugs from a kick sample from Minnowburn River, Belfast. The abundance of good bugs such as the Stonefly or Mayfly, which are less tolerant to pollution, are used as an indicator of water quality - an essential part of a healthy environment

“Essential action” must be taken now to safeguard the environment in Northern Ireland, the head of the North’s Environment Agency has warned. If not(...)

The estimated 13 million rabbits in Ireland cost the economy some €55 million annually. Illustration: Michael Viney

The global flow of wild species, often following humans around, takes thousands of plants, animals and insects far from their homes and natural contro(...)

CHASE supporter Charlotte Cargin with her daughter Eliza protest the proposed incinerator by Indaver in Ringaskiddy, Cork. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Indaver brought Ireland’s first large-scale commercial waste-to-energy incinerator into operation in Duleek, Co Meath, in 2011, following a significan(...)

Dara McAnulty with his mother Róisín and sister Bláthnaid. “Nature is like the heart of the house,” says Róisín. “It’s how we live our lives.” Photograph: Freya McClements

As we drive through the snow-covered mountains of Co Fermanagh, a large bird of prey swoops in front of us. The car stops, and 13-year-old Dara McAn(...)

Ireland’s gold medalist youth fly angling team at Lough Lein, Killarney.

The Telephone and Raymond Variant fly patterns proved the winning combination in last Sunday’s Partry Angling Club Pairs competition for Peter Roache (...)

 Stop the Drill activists campaign in recent days against an oil drilling operation at Woodburn Forest in Carrickfergus,  Co Antrim.  Photograph: Justin Kernoghan/PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

Woodburn forest in Co Antrim has become the focus for an environmental battle between geologists exploring for oil and local people concerned about po(...)

A licence is required to keep a barn owl

Four barn owls have been seized by police in Northern Ireland amid suspicion they were going to be illegally sold on the internet. The birds were rec(...)

The Galantas gold mine in Omagh, Co Tyrone. The company said the planning consent would permit the expansion of its gold mining operations on the site and is expected to create hundreds of jobs locally

Canadian gold miner Galantas has secured planning permission to develop an underground operation at its Omagh prospect in Co Tyrone. The company said (...)

Anti-fracking protesters at a demonstration in Co Fermanagh last year. Photograph: Boyes/Press Eye.

The lead company employed to carry out a study on fracking in Ireland is a pro-fracking organisation involved in the controversial gas extraction meth(...)

Paul Doherty, Gerard Farmer and Gerard O’Malley are accused of illegal dumping at two sites along the Mobuoy Road in the Campsie area of Derry

Three company directors have appeared at a preliminary inquiry at the magistrates court in Derry charged with offences linked to an alleged landfill t(...)

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