The fascinating Armoured Ground Crickets are perfect look-alikes for horror-film aliens

Back at home again, we are enjoying west Cork as much as we have ever enjoyed anywhere, probably more so because, although we regularly roam, it is here that we have settled, writes Damien Enright.

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Canadian geese are invaders with a liking for man-made environments

The Canada goose is a controversial bird, writes Richard Collins

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Dace have spread their fins

I’ve been fishing in the River Barrow recently and catching quite a lot of dace, writes Dick Warner

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Nature Table: Elder

The elder is a small native tree, sometimes only a shrub, and it’s the first deciduous species in this country to break bud in the spring. 

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Tips on how to keep a lawn in good shape

 

Peter Dowdall finally nails one of the most repetitive jobs in the garden — keeping a lawn in good shape.

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Tapping, or juicing birch trees has many health benefits

Valerie O’Connor is captivated by a new foodie trend — birch water harvested straight from the tree.

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Continued success in garden with companion planting

Fiann Ó Nualláin goes with the flow of growing plants in partnership and discusses nitrogen-fixers.

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Mapping Irish wetlands

Donal Hickey takes a look at the new online software making Ireland’s wetlands and their wildlife easier to find.

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Exploring the vast, endless expanse of Namibia

Damien Enright gives us a run down of his latest adventures in Namibia.

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Lessons in jackdaw frolics

’Tis the season for jackdaw spotting and Dick Warner has everything you need to know.

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Eye-ing a better future on land

Richard Collins examines the possibilities for marine life should they evolve to leave the waters and come on land.

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Eggciting times lie ahead

Valerie O’Connor is in broody form - she’s looking at taking on an avian family.

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Gardens in Lismore Castle to last many lifetimes

Peter Dowdall visits Lismore Castle and meets Darren Topps, to hear about his vision for the historic garden.

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Plants that work well together two-by-two and row-by-row

Fiann Ó Nualláin on plants and herbs that co-habit beautifully — and in binary and non-binary ways, too.

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Video: Darren Topps 'struck by the potential' of Lismore Gardens

Cornwall native Darren Topps has spoken about the appeal of putting his own imprint on the historic Lismore Gardens.

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Shannon dolphins in Kerry

A POD of bottlenose dolphins, which many people believed were confined to the lower reaches of the Shannon Estuary, have been found up to 30km outside that range, a new study shows.

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Skeleton Coast key to understanding beautiful Namibia

Thundering along the roads of Etosha National Game Reserve in northern Namibia in our rented camper van, we mow down plains tigers in their dozens, like it or not. 

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Getting caught in a web of fear

Which should you fear most, in your tropical paradise, sharks or coconuts?

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Proverbial weather problems

It was a mild winter but the worst weather came in early March with storms, spot flooding and snow on high ground. 

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Relax and take a walk through Lismore Gardens with Peter Dowdall

Take a walk through the gardens of Lismore Castle in County Waterford with Peter Dowdall where you are guaranteed to see much more than you expcted.

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Countering the dastardly cabbage white butterfly

Fíann Ó Nualláin lists a few ways to deal with this beautiful insect which despite its attractive appearance hosts a deadly cargo.

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Fall under the Rosa 'Wild Edric’s' spell in your own garden

Peter Dowdall on the rose hybrid named for a man who made the mistake of upbraiding his missus.

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Donal Hickey: US culling system has merit

Stories regularly circulate about crashes and near misses involving motorists and out-of-control deer which get onto public roads from Killarney National Park, writes Donal Hickey

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Richard Collins: Bumblebees on a learning roll

At school in the 1950s, we were taught that only humans were capable of using tools writes Richard Collins

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Dick Warner: Invasive Australian flatworm leaves mixed feelings

When I discovered an Australian flatworm in my garden I had very mixed feelings, says Dick Warner. 

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Nature Table: Shepherd’s Purse

This widespread wildflower is found on bare or waste ground and is a common garden weed. 

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Damien Enright: People of the Rift valley have a long history of walking

ETHIOPIA will forever leave images of solitary walkers in my mind’s eye, lone men and women walking beside country roads or on paths across endless plains, miles from villages or any habitation, writes Damien Enright.

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The Sodshow garden podcast heads to the US

Peter Dowdall on the award-winning garden podcast set to land in Salt Lake City around St Patrick’s Day.

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Fermenting foods - it's more than just cababge

Valerie O’Connor says fermenting food is good for your gut and gives a personal view on the hotly-debated issues around ‘leaky gut’ diets.

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Fruit planting: It’s the perfect time for luscious summer crops

Fiann Ó Nualláin is enthusiastic about soft fruit planting and says canes and bushes should be set now.

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