A female spiny seahorse (Hippocampus guttulatus) shelters is a healthy meadow of common eelgrass. Photograph: Alexander Mustard

Some of Ireland’s most important protected marine habitats are experiencing “serious deterioration and in some cases outright destruction”, a report b(...)

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(...)

 Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed  and Spanish Minister of Agriculture Luis Planas during a European Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AGRIFISH) in Brussels. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Ireland must push for an end to overfishing in EU waters and uphold agreed measures to ensure more sustainable practices, according to the Irish Wildl(...)

At 11 per cent (770,000 hectares), Ireland has one of the lowest levels of forest cover in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

A fundamental shift in forestry policy proposed by the Green Party, away from heavy reliance on conifers towards a focus on native woodlands, is likel(...)

Despite being in abundance for decades, there have been no reported sightings of hares on the island over the past five years. Photograph:  Ross Kinnaird/ Getty Images

Minister for Heritage Josepha Madigan has “no plans” to reintroduce hares to Bull Island, after dogs were blamed for the extinction of the animals fro(...)

‘Forests and wood-based products offer sustainable, long-term solutions to the climate-change problem,’ says Prof Pekka Kauppi of the University of Helsinki.

Given the urgent need to address “the climate emergency” and the role forestry could play in reducing carbon emissions, a new approach is needed, acco(...)

Members of Extinction Rebellion Ireland stage a protest during a speech by Environment Minister Richard Bruton at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland in Dublin. Photograph: Justin Farrelly/PA Wire

Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton was constantly interrupted by protestors as he attempted to address a conference on forestry as a solution (...)

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(...)

Irish butterfly populations have declined by  12 per cent over the past decade.

The latest evaluation of biodiversity loss in Ireland confirms potentially-catastrophic species loss and deterioration of globally-important habitats (...)

The Irish baby born today: the First World problem of ‘where will I go on my holidays?’ may be replaced by ‘where is my next meal coming from?’ Photograph: Getty

A new report depicts an ever-depleting natural world, with huge implications for the coming generation. What will their lives be like? Life-supp(...)

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