My friends, the local crustacean fishermen of West Cork’s Seven Heads, have still received no help from the Department of the Marine in replacing equipment lost during Storm Ophelia, writes Damien Enright.Read article
As we recently mentioned, it’s a fabulous year for berries and wildlife is taking advantage. Rats, it seems, are climbing onto hawthorn trees and feasting on a rich crop of wine-red haws, which are now fully ripe, writes Donal Hickey.Read article
In 1842, Queen Victoria visited London Zoo, where Jenny, a female orangutan, made an indelible impression on her, writes Richard Collins.Read article
Many of us tend to idealise life beside the ocean and imagine balmy summer evenings with the sea gently lapping nearby and a glorious sunset emblazoned on the sky, writes Dan MacCarthy.Read article
Many wildlife species are in decline but some simple measures can help a lot, writes Rita de BrúnRead article
Scattery Island round tower and Teampall Naomh Mhuire, off Kilrush Co Clare has been uninhabited since 1978 but was previously home to a monastic settlement for 600 years, writes Dan MacCarthyRead article
Up to 20,000 Cory’s Shearwaters, oceanic birds with 1.25m wingspans, were breed on the Selvagem Islands, 280 km south of Madeira. Big, meaty birds, the squabs were traditionally harvested and salted for food. Monks on Skellig Michael similarly harvested gannet squabs from Small Skellig, writes Damien EnrightRead article
HARD to credit, but a staggering 650 pieces of EU law are in place to protect the Irish environment, north and south.
All of us in Europe carry genes from this human species, writes Richard CollinsRead article
Gathering up fallen leaves and leaving them to decompose may mean a wait of up to 12 months, but the end result will have huge benefits for your garden, writes Fiann Ó Nualláin.Read article
The Australian tree fern requires a bit of love — and doesn’t like years as cold as 2010, recalls Peter Dowdall.Read article
It’s not every ferry from which you disembark that a king is there to meet you with a firm handshake, writes Dan MacCarthyRead article
It was a once-in-a-lifetime event — we hope — Hurricane Ophelia, roaring across Ireland on October 16, and it wasn’t until five days later that we could enter our local woods with any degree of safety, writes Damien EnrightRead article
A number of readers have been in contact regarding the large amount of berries on holly trees noticeable throughout the autumn, writes Donal HickeyRead article
Winter is upon us. Many birds fly south to avoid the cold wet darkness, but migration isn’t an option for mammals. They have to make do with thicker coats and extra layers of body fat, writes Richard CollinsRead article
From the demonised beetle to crop rotation, Fiann Ó Nualláin spells out what’s necessary to ensure good soil health and help the environment.Read article
Plants grown outdoors here are better equipped to survive than cheap imports, writes Peter Dowdall.Read article
It’s probably safe to say that Irish red deer have never been photographed as much during their mating or, more commonly known, rutting season.Read article
“It takes a village to raise a child,” it’s often said. To become a viable human being, a youngster must learn to relate not only to members of his or her extended family but to the wider community.Read article
The Tasmanian Devil was simply snuffling in the snow beneath the bedroom window of the guesthouse where our friend was sleeping somewhere in upland Tasmania, last month.Read article
Spiders don’t often get a mention in legends. There are plenty of dogs, horses, boars and even swans in everything from the Cú Chulainn sagas and the Children of Lir.Read article
Build it and they might come — if the bats, frogs, and other creatures wake from their slumbers. Fiann Ó Nualláin offers some tips.
Peter Dowdall on the devastating aftermath of Ophelia on our tree population.