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Gannet birds pluck artificial material from the ocean to build their nests on the Little Skellig colony off the Co Kerry coast. Photograph: Vincent Hyland

There is no “localised solution” to the continuing build-up of plastic materials on one of the Skellig Islands, wildlife officials have said. The Na(...)

Little Skellig contains a large density of gannet nests covered with marine debris. Photograph: Mark Hilliard

Jutting out from the Atlantic, the Skellig Islands have long been a fixture on the Irish tourist trail but are now becoming a focal point for the grow(...)

The black-legged Kittiwake in classical pose, perched on a coastal cliff face.

The survival of the Kittiwake, a small cliff-nesting species of gull which breeds in colonies around the Irish coast, is globally threatened, accordin(...)

A seagull takes flight at Loreto school in  Balbriggan, where students have completed at study on the birds which land around the school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Balbriggan is the subject of an experiment, one that has been provoked by years of complaints from locals about the behaviour of the gulls that have c(...)

 Roseate terns on Rockabill. Photograph: Alan Betson

Over the next few weeks a conservation success story will touch down in Ireland: roseate terns will fly in from West Africa to Europe to nest on Irela(...)

The false hawk was used to frighten away seagulls and other birds at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

A public hospital got into a flap and called a pest-control company when it spotted a dead bird on its roof – but it turned out to be a plastic hawk,(...)

Nesting puffins on Skellig Michael have exacerbated the problems of rock slides. Photograph: Mark Hannaford/AWL/Getty

An archaeologist has expressed fears about another rock slide on Skellig Michael, due to a “severe burn back” of vegetation. Burrowing by nesting puf(...)

 The Skellig Michael site after the removal of Lucasfilm’s tents and equipment. Photograph: An Taisce

A report into the Star Wars filming on Skellig Michael in early September has found that Lucasfilm’s presence had “no adverse impact on seabirds, thei(...)

‘Seagulls are often extraordinarily beautiful to the human eye, both in flight and up close and personal.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Doesn’t anybody read Jonathan Livingston Seagull any more? The protagonist of Richard Bach’s hugely popular 1970s adult fable was an exquisitely ether(...)

Skellig Michael. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Archaeologist and art historian Dr Niamh Whitfield has said she is “astonished” the State has allowed filming for the latest Star Wars episode on Ske(...)

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