Donal Hickey

Minding our wildflowers

That estimable survivor of the showband era, Big Tom McBride from Co Monaghan, once had a hit about an old-fashioned Irish mother “in the fields where the wildflowers grow’’.

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Clean up of Dodder rubbish

YOU might, quite understandably, think the litter situation is bad here. But, just consider how much worse it would be only for the genuine efforts of the large and widely dispersed army of volunteers that picks up other people’s rubbish.

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Finding balance in nature

It might be said that fish and water-attracted birds are about the only wildlife that relish flood conditions.

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New EPA app keeps it local

PEOPLE can often be better informed about global environmental issues than what is happening on their doorsteps.

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The facts about shamrock

FOR all the ballyhoo surrounding St Patrick’s Day, the tradition of sporting a sprig of shamrock has faded in recent years, despite the fact that it can be bought packaged in many shops. Even the use of a little lapel sachet that keeps the plant fresh throughout the day is making little difference to the wearing of it.

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Hop to it and help out frogs

It’s the time of year when large numbers of frogs can be seen on the roads at night with predictable results — death under the wheels of cars and other traffic.

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Re-wilding the wilderness

SERIOUS flooding in recent times is prompting people to look at new ways of resolving, long-term, a problem that’s likely to remain with us, given climate change and all that implies.

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City living killing the countryside

SOME people who tend to get upset about the building of houses in rural areas often ignore the fact that the over-expansion of Dublin is a far more serious environmental problem for the country. Just sniff the air in the capital or observe traffic there and you quickly get the message.

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Litter is your business

ANYONE who has ever tried to organise a litter clean-up in their area will have found a number of willing volunteers, but also people who believe it’s “the council’s job’’ and not theirs.

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Bogstandard studies

ONE of the most uplifting things about visiting a school, especially a primary school these days, is to immediately sense a keener awareness of nature and the environment.

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Transport is key to city living

SLOWLY but, hopefully, surely the message is hitting home that there are better ways of getting around cities than by car, bus or train.

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Keeping track of roadkill

The sight of a carcass of a mature deer on the roadside in the precincts of Killarney National Park, recently, brought home in a graphic way the fact that large numbers of animals, large and small, are being killed on our roads.

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Sea dumps rubbish back at us

RECENT storms and awesome tidal surges not only did enormous damage to the coastline, they also washed in a startling volume of waste showing that large-scale dumping takes place at sea.

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Rossbeigh beach after the storm

Nature is taking a battering

PEOPLE out walking by the sea during the Christmas and New Year period, especially those who hadn’t done so for some time, may have noticed fresh erosion in areas.

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Climate change heating up

WE can see the effects of climate change outside the front door.

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Back to water basics

TREATMENT of public water supplies costs around €1bn per year, a huge sum when treatment is not necessary for many of the uses of water.

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Amsterdam cyclists in charge

THOUGH cycling is becoming ever more popular in Ireland, we’re still a mighty long way from having the facilities that other EU countries are providing for people that prefer the bike as a mode of transport.

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Recycling not such a new idea

THE younger generation might be forgiven for believing that recycling is a new concept here. In fact, it’s quite old.

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Air quality a burning issue

THE large amount of smoke rising from chimneys since the onset of winter tells us that traditional fuels such as coal, wood and, to a lesser extent, turf, still keep the home fires burning.

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Hello, humble hedgehog

IT says something about a growing interest in nature and environmental matters when close to 200 people of all ages turn out on a winter’s night for a talk about the humble hedgehog.

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