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Leucistic blackbird

You might be interested in this perfectly white, leucistic blackbird, spotted just outside Cork city. – Billy Kemp, Macroom This is a leucistic blackb(...)

The nature table that once held pride of place in every primary school has been uprooted in recent years  – but many are reintroducing it back into its educational habitat. Photograph: iStock

While wellbeing is the new buzzword in the school curriculum, many educators feel the key to positive mental health is something which has been with u(...)

The “rare” blackbird  that visited  gardens at Mountaintop in Letterkenny, Co Donegal

An unusual bird is ruffling feathers with residents on a Co Donegal housing estate. The bird arrived in recent days into gardens at Mountaintop in Le(...)

Handout  issued by Kerry County Council at the weekend showing the fire in the Muckross area of Killarney. Photograph: @countykerry/PA Wire

Firefighters and conservationists are concerned that a summer of “staycations” and increased outdoor activity could lead to more wildfires, particular(...)

Randal Plunkett, the 21st baron of Dunsany, is a film director and holder of one of the oldest surviving Irish peerage titles. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Like his ancestors, Randal Plunkett was once able to look from the windows of Dunsany Castle, between Trim and Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, onto herds of c(...)

Birdwatching can be as serene or as stressful as you make it.

Birdwatching is back in focus for its calming effect on people, says Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland whose website saw a 350 per cent increase in tra(...)

The fully white crow seen in Co Donegal. Photograph: Joe Boland/North West Newspix

A rare white crow has been seen in the Carrigans area of Co Donegal. Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland said he has never seen a fully white crow and s(...)

A fallow deer in the park. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

In Ireland’s largest urban park – currently buzzing with wildlife – biodiversity expert Leif Murray explains why the birds seem to be singing loude(...)

Research is ongoing to see if a drop in noise levels improves birds’ ability to attract a mate. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hits on the Birdwatch Ireland website are up 350 per cent as a society in shutdown takes more notice of the natural world. The spike in interest come(...)

Sarah Price’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018 garden. Photograph: Clare Takacs

Subtle, thoughtful and planet-friendly, there is a delicacy and intelligence to the work of the British garden designer Sarah Price – one of the key s(...)

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