The angel shark has faced quite different threats to leave it ‘critically endangered’. Drawing: Michael Viney

There are many strange-shaped sharks in the world, but a big fish native to big sandy bays on Ireland’s west coast is among the least shark-like of al(...)

Senator Grave O’Sullivan said never in the history of humanity has the health of the oceans been more threatened.  File photograph: Getty Images

A motion calling on the Government to meet its international obligations by designating extensive coastal areas and seas around Ireland as “marine pro(...)

Zebra mussels are considered our most harmful invasive species and are are ‘particularly problematic’

The Japanese knotweed, rhododendron and giant hogweed are fast becoming household names as these pests continue to invade Irish landscapes. These ill-(...)

The basking shark is facing extinction in Irish waters, according to a new report. File photograph: Getty Images

Extinction threatens 48 species living in the Irish marine environment, including fish, crustaceans, shellfish and invertebrates, according to a new I(...)

Badgers foraging in a woods. File photograph: James Warwick/Getty

Badgers are to be vaccinated as part of the State’s effort to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has confir(...)

Irish badgers: the potential of vaccination has only now arrived in hard evidence. Illustration: Michael Viney

In the spring of 1991 a major conference on the Irish badger’s link to tuberculosis in cattle gathered scientists, government vets and wildlife conser(...)

Sweet-pea is a fast-growing annual climber that is ideal for training against a sunny wall or garden fence. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Help! We’ve planted our brand-new garden with lots of long-lived trees, shrubs and perennials that we’ve been assured will look lovely once they grow (...)

Saoirse Ronan featured in a Bord Bia advertising campaign for Origin Green

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has called on the Government to scrap its “Origin Green” certification scheme on the basis that “some of the country’s (...)

Michael Healy-Rae said the invasive species threatened Killarney National Park’s Unesco biosphere reserve designation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Anne Lucey Independent Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae has repeated his call for the Army to tackle the rhododendron infestation which now covers a third(...)

Anja Murray: “When you go out with friends and children, leave your phones at home and go with the intention of noticing what’s going on around you.”

As National Heritage Week focuses on nature, Sylvia Thompson asks environmentalists how – in spite of the gloomy statistics on species loss and habita(...)

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