From seedheads and grasses to flower skeletons: 6 plants to give your garden winter interest

Don’t cut down all your finished-flowering perennials, as their seedheads and stems may look stunning in winter, writes Hannah Stephenson.

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Hair, coffee grounds and sheep’s wool: Here’s how to boost your garden soil for free this autumn

Gardening YouTuber Huw Richards reveals 8 unusual ways to enrich your soil on a budget. Hannah Stephenson reports.

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Donal Hickey: Mystery of dead whales

Mystery surrounds the reason for the stranding of an unusually high number of whales along the west coast but given man’s growing propensity for polluting ...

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Islands of Ireland: Inishbiggle fights back

Though Inishbiggle may sound like the inspiration for the schoolboy adventures of Captain WE Johns, namely the Biggles series about a World War II pilot, it is in ...

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Richard Collins: Are Irish red deer starting to shed antlers?

Edwin Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen, the ‘biscuit-tin image of Scotland’, shows a royal stag with 12 points, or tines, on its antlers.

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Damien Enright: No sour grapes as ancient abbey witnesses another year

What’s the news, what’s the news? Summer’s near over, and how did it go?

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Protect the apple of your eye in the garden

Apples are one of the great pleasures of September but beware of fungal attacks, warns Fiann Ó Nualláin.

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How to ripen your tomatoes before it’s too late

Do your outdoor tomatoes look like they’re not going to ripen before winter sets in? Follow these 5 tips to help you speed them up.

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Islands of Ireland: Beginish Island, the small island with a big history

Approaching the oddly-shaped Beginish Island (Beiginis) off Co Kerry, the mariner is confronted with a long low cliff of several metres in height with nowhere to ...

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Donal Hickey: ‘Killer’ ragwort plentiful in both rural and urban areas

Amid the palette of autumn colours now adorning the landscape, a yellow, daisy-like plant stands out. Ragwort, even though a banned weed that can kill if ingested ...

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Damien Enright: Reclaiming of railways for walking began in the 1980s

With land for walking and cycling routes in Kerry now being bought by compulsory purchase order, it’s a shame that the efforts of the first developers of abandoned ...

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Richard Collins: Wasps don’t deserve the bad buzz

Do wasps become more aggressive from September onwards? With their queen preparing for hibernation, are they extra-protective of the colony? Food stocks might be ...

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Richard Collins: Wild Europe may soon be just a memory

The excellent Museum of Country Life, just off the N5 near Castlebar, celebrates rural Ireland over the last century.

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Donal Hickey: Butts are no joke in littering

It seems many people still don’t regard throwing a cigarette butt onto the street, or out a car window, as littering.

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Damien Enright: Unconscious survival facing the scourge of boyracers

Two monster tractors driven by boyracers, each towing a massive trailer, gun at high speed through the village, mounting the pavement I’m walking on.

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Islands of Ireland: Inishbarna, the philosopher’s stone

Here is a perfect rejoinder to anyone who is beginning to test your patience: “Unless a proposition is necessary, it is meaningless and approaching meaning ...

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A look inside Peter Dowdall's gold medal garden from Singapore Garden Festival

Peter Dowdall talks to top garden designer Paul Martin about his latest accolade — a gold medal at Singapore.

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1940s-style farming transforms stretch of coastline into wildlife haven

‘Strip field’ methods were used to transform 45 hectares of farmland at Worms Head in Rhossili, South Wales.

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Go exotic with spring and early summer bulbs – 10 alternatives to bog-standard daffs

Autumn is bulb-planting time, so splash out on some more unusual bulbs which will add a riot of colour and form to your garden in spring.

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8 tips for giving your garden a late summer spruce-up

As the season draws to a close, it’s time to clear patio debris, replace tired plants and restore order to your outdoor space.

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Barn owl shows varied diet

Rats and mice, which the barn owl is believed to often eat with fatal consequences, may no longer be the main diet of the endangered bird of prey, new research shows. ...

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Mountain hares in steep drop in Scotland

Hunters and naturalists want stocks of wild creatures to remain healthy and strong. A paper just published, however, details a case where their interests diverge.

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Nature, red in tooth and claw, as Wolstenholme might say

He was a sad sight, the young heron when I took him from the freezer, so much of nature’s energy and artistry evident in the wings, in the strong flight feathers, ...

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Ballycotton - black is the colour

From the long strand at Garryvoe Beach, a prominent island captures the gaze. The truncated triangle of Ballycotton Island, with its striking lighthouse has long ...

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LOOK: The spellbinding gardens of Templebreedy

Peter Dowdall finds himself spellbound with every turn of a corner at The Old Rectory in Crosshaven.

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