Chris Huxley

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The beaver may never have reached Ireland, but it’s an alien we could well do with. Illustration: Michael Viney

In the world just now, Ireland’s conservationists can feel strangely divorced from what’s actually happening to the planet. Those specially involved i(...)

The 'pale pellucid green' of Lough Carra was remarked upon in 1906 by Ireland’s most famous botanist Robert Praeger. Things have changed since then due to nutrient enrichment. Photograph: Lynda Huxley

Two yellow brimstone butterflies led us down to the shore at the northeast end of Lough Carra in Co Mayo. As if on cue, the sun came out just as we re(...)

Great lake: mayflies’ sudden emergence from the water and nuptial swarmings have signalled the launch of anglers eager to catch trout with imitation mayflies of their own. Illustration: Michael Viney

The mayflies that dance above the lakes of late spring are of the insect order called Ephemeroptera: they hatch, fly, mate, lay eggs on the water and (...)