The otter, Lutra lutra, is now the symbolic animal used by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Illustration: Michael Viney

Waking on so many days to human distress in droughts, fires, floods and storms, sometimes it’s hard to find proper concern for the rest of the natural(...)

Pine marten: devours birds, rats, mice, snails and berries. Illustration: Michael Viney

My recent approval of culling feral American mink may sit oddly with my dismay at farmers in north Longford calling for an urgent cull of pine martens(...)