Swifts need nest sites

Swifts need nest sites

One of our summer visiting birds, the swift, can now be seen flying madly, usually round houses and rooftops.

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Maligned sitka has its values

Maligned sitka has its values

Which species of tree should be grown in Ireland, one of the best countries in the world for forestry?

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Danes put in their spoke

Danes put in their spoke

In penning this column over many years, there has been quite a bit of reaction to certain issues raised but nothing to come near the response to last week’s ...

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Send a delegation to Copenhagen to learn all about cycle lanesThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Send a delegation to Copenhagen to learn all about cycle lanes

While a hopeful start has already been made in providing such lanes here, we still have a long way to go to catch up with the Scandinavians.

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Tolerance for a rural way of life

Tolerance for a rural way of life

Rural Ireland is not always a quiet idyll.

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It's time to put a tax on plastic

It's time to put a tax on plastic

Has the time come for a levy on take-away coffee cups?

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Alarming decline in insects means a fall in bird populations

Alarming decline in insects means a fall in bird populations

A huge decline in farmland birds in Europe is believed to be mirrored here. Another reason, perhaps, why so many extra voters turned to the Green party in the local ...

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Watch for dragonfly survey

Watch for dragonfly survey

A bit like butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies are creatures of summer, reminders of warm, sunny days in the outdoors. We see them around ponds and streams ...

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Aonghus the white-tailed sea eagle has fans intrigued

Aonghus the white-tailed sea eagle has fans intrigued

Given the many setbacks an exciting, eagle reintroduction project has suffered, any smidgeon of positive news is welcome.

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Donal Hickey: Recovery in native trees

Donal Hickey: Recovery in native trees

There are some signs that we may be moving away from a saturation of conifers towards more broadleaf and native trees.

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Ocean study on disappearing species due to warmer waters not surprising

Ocean study on disappearing species due to warmer waters not surprising

Being a modest man, marine expert Kevin Flannery wouldn’t claim to be among the first people to notice the effects of climate change.

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Lark about for dawn chorus

Lark about for dawn chorus

The skylark is a bird everyone loves to hear, warbling excitedly as it rises into the air and signalling the coming of summer.

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Time to cherish our trees

Time to cherish our trees

HAVING a little time to spare on a visit to Cork last week, a walk into the UCC campus from the Western Road side was an enticing option. The freshly-greening trees ...

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Perilous life cycle of salmon

Perilous life cycle of salmon

Given all the obstacles the wild salmon has to face, the only wonder is that it is managing to survive at all.

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Top score for field protection

Top score for field protection

The recent splendid spell of weather prompted some readers to inquire if we had yet heard the cuckoo.

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Animals and their links to the weather

Animals and their links to the weather

When TV channels cover major golf tournaments, they usually try to focus a little on wildlife that’s visible in or around the manicured courses.

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Donal Hickey: It’s in our interest to help bees

Donal Hickey: It’s in our interest to help bees

Even people with only a slight interest in the natural world seem to be talking these days about varied weather in winter and early spring, which is again highlighting ...

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Salmon numbers declining despite best efforts

Salmon numbers declining despite best efforts

Despite various conservation efforts and bans on fishing, we now have fewer wild salmon than even a decade ago and many reasons are being put forward for the continuing ...

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DONAL HICKEY: Address the burning question

DONAL HICKEY: Address the burning question

People living in the foothills of mountains where gorse fires, many illegal, burn dangerously close to their homes are again waiting with trepidation to see what ...

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Donal Hickey: Troubled bottled waters

Donal Hickey: Troubled bottled waters

One of the most notable marketing success stories — not to mention changes in consumer habits — in recent decades has been the large-scale consumption ...

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Celebrate the pine martenThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Celebrate the pine marten

Pine martens have rich, brown fur; rounded ears and long, bushy tails. They eat a wide variety of food, including mice and rats, fruit, birds, insects and carrion.

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Crayfish threatened by plague

Crayfish threatened by plague

Even if much of our native wildlife in Ireland is at risk — in some cases critically endangered — certain species, which have been wiped out elsewhere, ...

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Donal Hickey: Plans are in place to save the pearl mussel

Donal Hickey: Plans are in place to save the pearl mussel

Worthwhile projects in the Burren, Co Clare, which are proving that farmers and environmentalists can work together, can be used as models for other parts of the ...

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