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Frog records spike following mild, wet winter say IPCC

On the celebration of World Wetlands Day, Tuesday the second of February, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) launched their ‘Hop To It’ Frog Survey. Frogs typically breed around February, and spawn in March, but this year the IPCC received a number of early records from various counties across the country, most likely due to the mild and wet winter conditions.

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Video: “I would walk 500 miles just to…save the Curlew!”

When The Proclaimer’s sang about walking 500 miles in the name of love, a level of hyperbole could safely be assumed. But British radio and TV producer and writer, Mary Colwell, has decided to undertake a 500 mile walk for real, with the aim of raising money and awareness to protect native curlew populations.

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ELECTION DIARY Feb 4th: Posters up … the long wait is over

Over the next 22 days GreenNews will bring you coverage of Ireland’s General Election 2016 in our Election Diary. We will catch up the parties and cover who stands to deliver when it comes to environmental protection, sustainable development and future proofing the country. On day 1 of the campaign we may have posters up be we are far from having everybody’s stall set out. Today we look at AAA/PBP and Renua.

Six Irish birds AT RISK from more slash and burn

Hedgerows provide a vital refuge to many native wildlife species that face a landscape with little native woodland in comparison to other countries. Existing rules outline how landowners have six months between September and February to manage hedgerows and uplands effectively and there is provision for hedge cutting for safety on our roads. A decision such as this is unjustifiable; it will result in a severe blow to many wildlife species here are six of them.

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Climate change needs to be an election issue, say An Taisce

The charity, which works to preserve Ireland’s natural and built heritage, sets out seven key areas that must be acted upon to reduce carbon emissions and prevent runaway climate change. They appeal to the electorate to “question canvassers and candidates vigorously”, as well as directly seeking political parties’ policies on the issues.