Tallaght wetland after levelling Photo: Collie Ennis

Work starts to bring life back to ‘little miracle’ wetland

March 4th, 2020 South Dublin County Council has begun remedial works in a bid to restore a small but prominent wetland area in Tallaght that was destroyed following a Council mix-up last September. Last September, the Council came under fire after silt dredged from the lake in Sean Walsh Memorial Park was dumped on a […]

Abbeyleix Bog, Co Laois Photo: Niall Sargent

Plans for quarry beside Abbeyleix Bog put on hold

March 4th, 2020 Laois County Council has requested further information on a proposed new quarry close to Abbeyleix Bog that environmentalists argue will impact the nature site in the heritage town. In January, Booth Precast Products Ltd applied for planning permission for a new sand and gravel quarry on 8.5 hectares of land on the […]

Cork ‘earth protector’ granny found guilty of stealing Coillte timber

February 28th, 2020 A grandmother charged with illegally felling conifers in a Coillte forest beside her home in west Cork was convicted of stealing timber worth €500 at the Cork Circuit Criminal Court this afternoon. Sionad Jones of Maughnaclea, Kealkil was found guilty of a charge related to the dishonest appropriation of wood and admitted […]

Closed Season: lay down your trimmers and step away from the hedge

February 28th, 2020 Last May, TCD and UCD were found cutting trees and hedges on their campuses during the closed period designed to protect nesting birds and other wildlife. Environmental lawyer Dr Andrew Jackson explains why we should all respect the closed period from 1 March to 31 August, and how we can help wildlife […]

Whale in the sea Photo: TheDigitalArtist/ Creative Commons

‘Everything is Changing’ – Whale life from around the Irish coast

February 14th, 2020 Eighty-two feet long, the skeleton of a Wexford blue whale named Hope has supplanted ‘Dippy’, the much loved Diplodocus, as the main attraction at Hintz Hall in the National History Museum in London. “Look at the whale!” exclaim the children pointing upward, their small bodies further miniaturised as they pass beneath Hope’s […]

Róisín Shortall of the SocDems at climate forum in Rediscovery Centre Photo: Niall Sargent

Manifesto Watch: SocDems on climate and biodiversity

February 6th, 2020 As we enter the final days of the election cycle, we are asking where the parties stand on climate and biodiversity. Next up, we delve into the Social Democrat’s manifesto, starting with its well-thought out biodiversity policy. Biodiversity The Social Democrats have outlined a very comprehensive biodiversity plan, only rivaled by the […]

What the experts want from GE2020 – Irish Wildlife Trust

February 4th, 2020 Over the past three weeks, as in all election cycles, we have become accustomed to the knock at the door from canvassers or candidates themselves are they vie for our number one at the ballot box. We have asked leading climate and biodiversity experts to tell us the key policy asks that […]

Fraction of Sitka plantations in Leitrim locally owned, analysis finds

February 1st, 2020 Only a small fraction of Sitka spruce plantations in two prominently afforested areas of Co Leitrim are owned by locals, a new analysis has found.    The study was carried out researcher Sian Cowman together with Sean McLoughlin and Jim McCaffrey from Save Leitrim, a campaign group set up by locals concerned […]

Mary the hen harrier being tagged as a chick Photo: RSPB

Poisoned Hen Harrier was found at pheasant shoot, says Birdwatch Ireland

January 30th, 2020 New information released by Birdwatch Ireland (BWI) reveals that the death of a poisoned Hen Harrier currently subject to a National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) investigation is linked to a pheasant shoot in Co Meath in November. Earlier this week the NPWS issued a statement that the harrier was found on […]

NPWS launch investigation into Hen Harrier poisoning

January 30th, 2020 An investigation is underway following the discovery of a dead Hen Harrier killed as a result of poisoning in Co Meath earlier this month. According to the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), meat baits treated with a toxic substance were discovered at the scene near Drumconrath in the north of the […]