Outdoors

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‘I knew Glencree well, had walked and run those hills. Had made a home there. But my treatment forced me to consider everything differently, more closely’

It is 5am. Outside, in the Wicklow hills, a southwesterly gale blows up the Glencree valley and billows around the house. I am restless. Despite the (...)

Adult whooper swan showing characteristic yellow beak markings. Photograph courtesy of Simon Stirrup

Two contrasting moments at Lough Beg: from a hill in Co Derry, already half-removed for earthworks, giant diggers are heaping up the bed of a new moto(...)

Finding the right minibeast: Marley Copas studies an  identification guide as  his classmates gathered around a tray of slugs, centipedes and woodlice.  Photograph: Paddy Woodworth

“The beauty of outdoor learning,” says Mark O’Connor, “is that any child can be stimulated by it. Some form of connection to nature is always possible(...)

A fox on the grounds of the Garda office on Harcourt Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

“Foxes are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them,” says Dave Wall, citizen science officer at the National Biodiversity Data Centr(...)

RHODODENDRON, ONCE ALMOST ERADICATED FROM KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK’S FINEST OAK WOODS, HAS RETURNED. THIS VIGOROUS INVASIVE PLANT IS AGAIN THREATENI(...)

The role of butterflies as indicators of healthy habitats, and as useful pollinators, is only beginning to be generally appreciated.

“Mysterious and little-known organisms live within walking distance of where you sit. Splendour awaits . . ” EO Wilson, who first published the term (...)

Walkers along the banks of the river Dodder in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Environmentalists talk a lot about engaging local communities. But it’s refreshing when you find that the community is engaging the environmentalists.(...)

The sun rises to dispel the fog in rural Tipperary. “Our ancestors woke up to birdsong and light,” says Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland.

RTÉ broadcaster, Derek Mooney describes the dawn chorus as one of the most magical experiences in nature. For over 20 years, he has been broadcastin(...)

The final section of St Declan’s Way on   the pilgrim’s journey to Mt Melleray Abbey.

Who was the first Christian missionary to Ireland? St Patrick? Unlikely, for it is almost inconceivable that our national apostle arrived to an island(...)

Hill walkers in the autumn sunshine, on top of the Sugarloaf mountain, in Co. Wicklow. File Photograph: Eric Luke

Spending time outdoors is quite simply good for you. Several research papers now point to the physical and psychological benefits of being out in the (...)

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