Liam Lysaght

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A monarch butterfly. The species is most commonly seen in southerly coastal areas of Ireland in September and October.

Butterfly populations in Ireland showed healthy growth in 2020 with some species boosted by good weather in late spring and early summer. The multi-s(...)

A female spiny seahorse shelters in a meadow of common eelgrass (Zostera marina). Photographed in summer (August) in Studland Bay, Dorset, England

Coastwatch is launching a national campaign to assess the state of Ireland’s sea-grass populations which play a critical role and in countering climat(...)

The Asian hornet is a predator of honeybees, wasps, other pollinators such as bumblebees, hoverflies and spiders. Photograph: Aidan O’Hanlon, National Museum of Ireland

A single specimen of an Asian hornet, an invasive alien species, has been found in Ireland, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has confirm(...)

Most fields “are practically devoid of life while even the ancient system of hedgerows is vanishing due to neglect and outright destruction”.

Nearly two years since the Dáil declared a climate and a biodiversity emergency, the collapse of Irish biodiversity “is happening – and it’s countrywi(...)

 Paddy Woodworth using the Seek app on his phone in Dublin’s Phoenix Park to identify items found in nature from trees, flowers, shrubs to animals. Photograph: Alan Betson

Developing the skills to recognise different species of animals and plants enables us to enjoy our landscapes as more diverse and richly populated pla(...)

Cigarette butts: Thousands of tonnes of toxic waste is flicked onto pavements every day.
New Innovator: FiltraCycle

Newly minted start-up FiltraCycle is on a mission to rid the streets of cigarette butts and turn them into something useful. Specifically, the company(...)

Hen harrier in flight. Targeted use of bait laced with poison to kill protected birds of prey remains widespread. Photograph: Richard Mills/BirdWatch Ireland

Irish wildlife groups have called for the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) to be put on an independent footing with increased powers on en(...)

The NBDC report confirms short-term, accelerating declines in Irish bee populations

The current status of Irish wildlife “remains precarious”, the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) warns following its latest evaluation of indic(...)

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(...)

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