Jane Stout

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The Green-Veined White butterfly, now  in moderate decline in Ireland. Photograph: Dr Liam Lysaght.

Most people walking alongside the restored pond on the Castletown estate in Co Kildare would barely notice the tiny purple wildflower beneath their fe(...)

 A bee in flight approaches a flower ahead of  World Bee Day, which is drawing   attention  to the  ongoing decline of bee populations in industrialized nations across the globe. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Awareness of the environmental threat to Ireland’s bee population has increased but now it must be backed up by change in behaviour, according to cons(...)

Jane Stout, Professor in Botany at Trinity College Dublin and Irish Forum on Natural Capital, Prof John Fitzgerald, chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council with  Josepha Madigan,  Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at the opening of  Ireland’s first National Biodiversity Conference at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Instead of thinking of nature as a problem or “an infinite resource to be exploited”, it should be viewed as “the fundamental stock underpinning every(...)

The decline in Irish native bee and butterfly populations is matching accelerating global declines. Photograph: iStock

The Government is to scale up efforts to address widespread species loss in Ireland and to protect habitats details of which will be announced by the (...)

A fossil seedfern leaf which is 200 million years old. Photograph: Mark Widhalm, Field Museum Chicago

What can we learn from fossil plants and pollen? Plenty, it turns out, including how the Earth “greened” and how plants survived past periods of clima(...)

The Great Yellow Bumblebee. Photograph: John Breen

In 2004, two scientists took on a mammoth task: to systematically survey every county in Ireland for bees. They figured it would take them two years, (...)

Workers bees and a queen bee, yellow spot on back. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Researchers in universities across Ireland are to embark on a networking with communities in a joint effort to help Irish bees survive and thrive. It(...)

Beautiful ‘bee-friendly’ planting at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre and winner of the Green Flag for parks Pollinator Award in 2017 for the preservation of bees and other pollinating insects. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

We humans are pretty smart cookies. We can solve pretty much most problems thrown at us by the world around us. We have innovated, invented and engine(...)

Irish workers bees and a queen bee with a yellow spot on back pictured in a hive. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland has joined a group of 20 countries trying to halt a decline in bee populations that threatens food production and biodiversity. Pollinators, (...)

Proper planning and proper evidence-based design can encompass  interventions such as green walls, green roofs, rainwater gardens, sustainable urban drainage systems and anti-pollution planting regimes.

There’s nothing natural about cities, is there? Built by people, for people, using man-made materials, with manicured green spaces full of specimen tr(...)

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