Put-upon ravens harangued by the noisy neighbours

A friend, John Nichol, an avid birdwatcher whose present patch is the Old Head of Kinsale, had some unique sightings this week.

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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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Mystery of Barbary ape at Eamhain Mhacha

“Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,700 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa,” wrote Ernest Hemingway. “Close to ...

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So is this the garden of the future? Eve Kelliher visits Les Jardins d'Etretat in France

Eve Kelliher makes the French connection by visiting a unique outdoor sculpture exhibition in Normandy.

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Gardening: Something for everyone at Chelsea Flower Show

Brexit meant the Chelsea Flower Show was an all-UK affair, but it didn’t disappoint Peter Dowdall.

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Why you should go hug a tree

Ready to embrace the natural world? Fiann Ó Nualláin outlines how it will benefit you.

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Plants you can pop on your patio for summer

Wondering what houseplants you can move outdoors for the warmer months? Hannah Stephenson consults ‘Mr Plant Geek’, Michael Perry.

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These are our favourite winning gardens from the Chelsea Flower Show

The world’s most famous flower show always provides plenty of #gardeninspo.

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Chelsea Flower Show kicks off in London

The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual flagship event, the Chelsea Flower Show kicked off on Tuesday morning. Widely regarded as the top flower and garden ...

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Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show? 6 British and Irish gardens to visit to get your floral fix

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have enjoyed some leafy lushness – here’s how you can too.

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Chelsea Flower Show feeling Brexit sting

It may seem a world away from the stuffy offices of EU Headquarters in Brussels but the results of the Brexit referendum all the way back in 2016 are being felt ...

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World Bee Day: Why are they so important?

Today is World Bee Day and a new report has found that many species of bees are actually on the brink of extinction.

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Pelargonium power: How to make the most of these summer favourites

Garden designer Claudia de Yong offers tips on how to make a statement with this colourful stalwart summer plant.

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Islands of Ireland: Under Quarantine in West Cork

The threat of bacterial epidemics is something that threatens all countries, island or not.

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Recalling genius of the German super man

This year, Berlin celebrates the life of a distinguished son; Alexander von Humboldt, who was born in the city 250 years ago.

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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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Life on Earth is not as plentiful and may soon be extinct

Many of our planet’s life support systems are on the brink of failing and without them life on Earth may be, at best, bleak, at worst, unsustainable.

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Get your tickets for the Irish Examiner's 'Green is an everyday colour' event

Green is an everyday colour - Join us and our panelists, Irish Examiner gardening columnist Peter Dowdall, James Kavanagh and William Murray of Currabinny, and Juanita ...

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Which houseplants can I move outdoors in summer?

Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, shares top tips on which plants you can pop on your patio during the warmer months. By Hannah Stephenson.

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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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Islands of Ireland: What the Butler saw

The guitar-shaped Ormond’s Island lies close to the Cork/ Kerry border on the mountainous Beara Peninsula with the Kingdom just able to claim it by dint of ...

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Beluga whale trained to spy for Russia?

A beluga whale wearing a harness approached fishing-boats off the Norwegian coast last month

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On a wing and a prayer for our old friend Ron

The heron that was regular feature in our garden since we raised it from a lost fledgling to adulthood has been absent for three weeks, presumed dead.

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How to make the most of your visit to a summer garden show

Summer is show time for gardeners. Top designer Paul Hervey-Brookes tells Hannah Stephenson how best to prepare.

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A taste of the weird and wonderful kohlrabi plant

Fiann Ó Nualláin offers a taste of the weird and wonderful kohlrabi plant EVERY time I see a kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea gongylodes).

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How to create a sustainable water feature in your garden

Gardeners’ interest in ponds and water features shows no sign of drying up, says Peter Dowdall.

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Islands of Ireland: Unique access to Golam, Co Galway

Dan MacCarthy visits Golam, Co Galway

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Time for rabbit on the menu to save the planet

What did the Romans ever do for Ireland? Not a lot, it seems.

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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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Pine marten may have threatened the local heronry

It seems our ‘domestic’, but still wild, heron, Ron, has ‘gone west’ and we find we miss him, scanning skies, balconies, rooftops and canopies ...

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Why hay fever remedies are not to be sneezed at

May, June and July are peak pollen months and Fiann Ó Nualláin has some timely advice

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Could green roofs offer a solution to urban environmental challenges?

Could green roofs offer a solution to the challenges urban environments face, asks Peter Dowdal

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Hanging basket masterclass: Here’s how to make the best flower display in easy 8 steps

It’s time to create a riot of colour with hanging baskets. Hannah Stephenson tries a masterclass to learn the secrets of success.

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Peter Dowdall previews the Rare and Special Plant Fair at Glin Castle

For gardeners, visiting a plant fair is like being a child in a sweetshop, says Peter Dowdall.

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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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Mammals buck the trend for doom and gloom

With “bird numbers plummeting”, “the insect Armageddon”, and “climate catastrophe only 12 years away”, there’s doom and ...

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Vocabulary of wild flowers worth noticing for their story

Eastertide, and time for a longish walk-a-day for three days. We are promised blue skies and warm sunshine all over Ireland but it doesn’t happen here in West ...

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Islands of Ireland: Sketches from Illauneeragh

The first thing that strikes you about Illauneeragh is the ruined pier.

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