Bearded seal has thrived in Courtmacsherry Bay for 2 years

What amazes friends and neighbours who comment on the bearded seal that was identified in Courtmacsherry Bay early this month is that it has been resident here for up to two years.

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We pay lip service to ecology

ONE of the many ironies of Irish life is that most people — 97%, according to an EU Commission survey — agree we have a responsibility to protect nature. 

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For elk, fortune favours the more cautious

The huge North American ‘elk’ is also known as the ‘wapiti’ (‘white rump’ in the Cree language). It was treated as a race of the red deer until DNA analysis suggested that it be deemed a distinct species. The Japanese sika deer, introduced to Wicklow and Killarney, is a close relative.

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Meet the Cork gardener who is the top man at one of Britain’s most visited estates

Peter Dowdall meets the top man at one of Britain’s most visited National Trust estates, the sometime TV presenter, Cork’s Alan Power

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Here's why you should grow your own apples

Eating apples at this time of year is a real boon to health. Fiann Ó Nualláin says it’s well worth growing your own — chemical-free

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New cookery school opens at east Clare co-op

Valerie O’Connor goes to the opening of a new cookery school at the East Clare Community Co-Op in Scariff, where she discovers a vibrant and enterprising community spirit that makes her enthusiastic for similar ventures throughout the country

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The Islands of Ireland: When you come to a Fork in the sea

Though there are very few inhabitants on Gola Island in Co Donegal the welcome at the pier is nonetheless encouraging, writes Dan MacCarthy

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Scottish birds are on the cusp of extinction

According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Scotland’s capercaillies are in trouble; their numbers are falling relentlessly and, if effective measures aren’t taken, extinction looms, writes Richard Collins

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Hoeys are showing the way

WE’RE told the future of the planet depends on food production being in harmony with nature and the environment as well as on new ways of generating energy and reducing waste, writes Donal Hickey

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Bearded seal swaps ice floes for Courtmacsherry Bay

It was Willie O’Driscoll, a farmer of Kilbrittain, who first saw it — although he didn’t identify it — and first told me about it, the big seal that, over the previous 18 months, he’d regularly noticed relaxing on the shores of Courtmacsherry Bay.

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Watch: Take in the bliss of the blooming gardens at Blarney Castle

Peter Dowdall takes a walk around the blooming Castle gardens this week, where the borders are summer-blowsy.

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Helping your plants survive the excesses of summer heat

Fiann Ó Nualláin offers advice on how to protect your plants from heat stress and heavy rains during summer

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Beans again! Make the most of the fruit and veg bursting at this time of year

Fruit and vegetables are bursting forth. Valerie O’Connor looks at the ways to make the most of this time of year    

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The Islands of Ireland: A taste of the Saltees

Dan MacCarthy talks us through the Saltee Islands, named by Viking seafarers.

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Life in the old heron yet as courtship dance goes on

Damien Enright’s regular visitor to this column, ’his’ heron, returns... 

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Get out there, be a tourist

DON’T use the weather as an excuse. Get out there, says Donal Hickey

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Exploring the future of birds and urban nesting

TWO centuries ago, just 3% of the world’s population lived in cities, says Richard Collins.

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Wildly beautiful but caution should be taken with invasive plants

Peter Dowdall urges caution with certain plants, like anemone, montbretia, which can be invasive

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Surviving summer in the garden

Fiann Ó Nualláin offers simple, home remedies for prickly heat, heat cramps and heat exhaustion

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Islands of Ireland: Heir Island is the international isle off West Cork

Fancy going to Paris or Spain for the weekend? They might be closer than you think. 

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Dolphins really are remarkable

Dolphin and whale-watching continues to grow, and a third of the world’s species have been recorded in Irish waters, a dedicated sanctuary for such fish since 1991 and the first in Europe.

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Hampstead Heath shows the value of urban parklands

It was a lovely evening when we landed at Cork Airport, home from our family reunion, this year in the Czech Republic, writes Damien Enright.

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The secret life of Ireland’s badgers

Driving at night, you may glimpse a badger dazzled by the car headlights. Otherwise, this creature of the night is seldom seen, writes Richard Collins. 

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Allergen-proof your garden with plant and design choices

Fiann Ó Nualláin looks at how you can allergen-proof your garden in plant and design choices

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Sculpture can bring an extra dimension to your garden

Peter Dowdall reviews a Bloom garden based on a sculptor whose work is a bit of a mesh.

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Take a break from the cooking and prep smart by making the most of beans

Valerie O’Connor on how to make the most of beans whether it’s with beer or burgers — even if the weather doesn’t play its part

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