Mark Mccorry

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The common  crane (Grus grus).  Their return is all the more remarkable because the particular midlands bog owned by Bord na Móna where they nested had been almost completely stripped of its original turf. Photograph: iStock

Bord na Móna’s announcement on August 2nd that common cranes (Grus grus) had bred on their land in May is exciting in itself. These large and dramatic(...)

Cranes flying over Bord na Móna rewetted peatlands Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Common cranes that set up home on a rewetted peatland earlier this year have successfully hatched two baby chicks – the first recorded birth of crane (...)

Cranes in courting dance. Illustration: Michael Viney

Like a guilty, cultural echo, the word “crane” hangs on, at least in parts of the west, as an everyday word for the heron. How marvellous, at last, to(...)

The crane is deeply connected to the culture and history of Ireland, with the bird central to folklore tales such as Fionn MacCumhaill, the druids, St Colmcille and the Book of Kells. Photograph: Courtesy of Bord na Móna

A pair of cranes are nesting on a rewetted bog in the Midlands, Bord na Móna has confirmed. If they successfully breed, it is believed they will be th(...)

Embryonic Sphagnum-dominated vegetation developing on a Bord na Móna cutaway bog. Sphagnum-rich vegetation like this is a carbon sink for carbon dioxide and has potential to become more effective at absorbing this greenhouse gas from the atmosphere as it develops over time. Photograph courtesy of Bord na Móna.

“We used to be the pimple on the elephant,” says Mark McCorry, lead on the Bord na Móna (BnaM) ecology team. “Now we are the elephant. This is a massi(...)

Three ibises in flight  on Wednesday at Bunihinly Bog, Co Westmeath. Photograph:  David Fallon

A number of rare African birds have ditched warmer climes and have taken up residence in Ireland’s deepest, dankest low-lying bogs. According to Bord(...)