Puffins visit land only to breed, nesting in burrows and crevices. Illustration by Michael Viney

“I was trying to remember today how the colours are banded on the puffin’s curious triangular bill: was it red-yellow-blue or blue-yellow-red? So I de(...)

A story encircled by foam: looking out from Inishvickillane. Illustration: Michael Viney

On a clear day the islands line up along our horizon like serial episodes of our early connubial life, launched by a corncrake’s relentless serenade t(...)