Damien Enright

VIDEOS: Survival of turtles a tribute to nature’s resilience over our recklessness 

ONE unseasonably grey afternoon during this year’s unusually bright summer, the kilometre-long beach near our West Cork home was deserted but for a single figure in the distance, walking along the top level of the tideline.

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Walk of the Week: Spot with plenty of attractions to boot

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October brings a spectacular season

On 12th of this month we saw cattle standing knee-high in the river cooling off.

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Young swallows begging for food, a picture from Birds of The Homeplace, a new hardback by Anthony McGeehan and Julian Wyllie.

Tome on the homeplace of birds

THERE’S so much we don’t know about birds. For example, the diets of blackbirds and song thrushes are radically different, although they belong to the same family. 

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Me and my new friend out picking blackberries

A hound was happy to fall into step with me on a recent walk — and to share some of the blackberries I paused to pick along the way.

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Walking and using sticks go hand in hand

West Cork woodland takes on the appearance of a jungle in the Chilean highlands with Orange-bark myrtles growing to 50 or more feet in height, and wild-seeding themselves on the forest floor.

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Walk of the week: Cathedral ruins lie on Ardmore route

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Countryside is bursting with life after our long summer

OUR local bay is less green this summer than any summer since the seasonal sea lettuce began a scourge a decade ago.

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Your cat could be driving you mad

I WAS interested to learn of the recent discovery that a parasite,  Toxoplasma gondii, can control the human brain.

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A surprising moth visitor

"THERE’S a monster in the bath!" cried the damsel in distress, rushing into my workroom in her dressing gown at 8am.

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We’re lucky to spot hedgehogs (and so are they)

THESE days, flat hedgehogs are all too often seen on west Cork roads and, no doubt, on roads all over Ireland.

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Silver and gold in the hillsides of West Cork

ON these dulcet summer evenings, more often than not, sunlight streams down the west-facing bays of West Cork.

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Bill Liao's book, 'Forests: Reasons to be Hopeful' outlines the challenge we face preserving biodiversity but, crucially, emphasises that it can be done.

There’s hope for the future in reforestation

AT a family gathering in Cork City on a recent weekend, I walked through a Japanese garden, the owner of which is a dedicated cultivator of bonsai trees.

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Our summer is a celebration of insects

WALKING a bohreen above the sea last week, on a day that was dull, but warm — intermittent patches of bright sunlight, a pearl grey blanket overhead, and heavy heat beneath — I suddenly found a half dozen butterflies zipping madcap around me at a rate approaching the speed of bats.

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