John Lusby

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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 (...)

The hen harrier: A 2015 survey estimates that 108 to 157 breeding pairs remain, an 8.7 per cent decline in confirmed and possible pairs since 2010. Photograph: Mike Brown

The twists, tumbles and turns of a hen harrier’s sky dance are a spectacle not everyone has been lucky enough to witness in recent times. Yet while it(...)

Peregrine falcon: their  populations are still recovering from devastating declines in the 1960s linked to DDT, a pesticide, which caused thin eggshells and breeding failure. Photograph: David McNicholas

The peregrine falcon, the fastest bird in the world, is making a slow and steady comeback in Ireland. This is the conclusion from a recent survey of p(...)

Defence Forces supporting fire-fighting efforts in the vicinity of Oughterard, Co Galway, as gorse fires continue to burn.

Crews battling a fire at one of the biggest forests in the country are hopeful favourable weather conditions which allowed them get the blaze under co(...)

Little egrets have colonised Ireland, wading in estuaries, marshes and coastal lagoons in almost every county. Drawing: Michael Viney

Even in our early years at Thallabawn, when so much in life was extraordinary, it seemed unlikely there were flamingoes on Corragaun Lough, behind the(...)

A hen harrier in flight. File  photograph: Thinkstock

Hen harrier numbers in Ireland are continuing to decline, according to the results of a new survey. The number of breeding pairs has also declined e(...)

Barn owls feed almost exclusively on small mammals, making them susceptible to consuming contaminated rodents.

The unrestricted use of rat and mice poisons is having a catastrophic effect on Ireland’s barn owl population.A study of owl carcasses, collected over(...)