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Merlin Sheldrake: 'Fungi are metabolic wizards - they can explore, scavenge and salvage ingeniously'
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Merlin Sheldrake: 'Fungi are metabolic wizards - they can explore, scavenge and salvage ingeniously'

Apr 17th 2021, 8:30 AM 8,976 Views 9 Comments

The biologist and writer shares an extract from his book Entangled Life.

Almost 50% increase in Irish birds on endangered list following 'alarming' population declines
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Almost 50% increase in Irish birds on endangered list following 'alarming' population declines

Apr 15th 2021, 8:13 AM 16,061 Views 21 Comments

One in four birds is now on the so-called red list.

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms
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'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms

Feb 22nd 2021, 8:30 PM 73,679 Views 23 Comments

Noteworthy finds biodiversity in a battle with some farming practices – and a low level of accountability demanded by the Department of Agriculture.

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk
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3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk

Feb 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 45,624 Views 59 Comments

Noteworthy discovers rich hedgerow resource cut back by local authorities during bird nesting season.

Human activity sends wildlife into ‘freefall’ with 66% drop in global populations since 1970
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Human activity sends wildlife into ‘freefall’ with 66% drop in global populations since 1970

Sep 10th 2020, 11:21 AM 13,202 Views 41 Comments

Charity WWF is calling for national laws to stop the impact of human activity on nature.

Spiders, sharks and science: The best pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards
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Spiders, sharks and science: The best pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards

Sep 1st 2020, 8:31 PM 22,074 Views 6 Comments

The photos come from the almost 50,000 entries to the Natural History Museum’s competition.

Reduce mowing and phasing out chemicals: Dublin City Council's plans for 'wilding' of landscape
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Reduce mowing and phasing out chemicals: Dublin City Council's plans for 'wilding' of landscape

Apr 25th 2020, 12:30 PM 43,631 Views 61 Comments

The council said that many parks, and all playgrounds, are now chemical-free.

Over 500 plant species became extinct in the past 250 years, new study finds
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Over 500 plant species became extinct in the past 250 years, new study finds

Jun 11th 2019, 10:37 AM 7,761 Views 11 Comments

A new study has found that plant extinction is occurring up to 500 times faster than ‘natural’ rates.

A new survey is asking people to report sightings of wild honey bee colonies in Ireland this summer
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A new survey is asking people to report sightings of wild honey bee colonies in Ireland this summer

May 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 27,279 Views 27 Comments

The survey is the first of its kind in Europe.

'We're in trouble': Landmark UN report details unprecedented decline in nature
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'We're in trouble': Landmark UN report details unprecedented decline in nature

May 6th 2019, 12:54 PM 24,974 Views 57 Comments

Over one million animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction.

These breathtaking photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year
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These breathtaking photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year

Apr 21st 2019, 9:15 PM 67,993 Views 19 Comments

The contest carries a $7,500 first prize.

These stunning photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year
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These stunning photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year

Mar 31st 2019, 10:30 AM 33,848 Views 6 Comments

Entries are still being accepted.

Petition accusing councils of cutting down too many trees reaches over 5,500 signatures
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Petition accusing councils of cutting down too many trees reaches over 5,500 signatures

Mar 9th 2019, 7:30 AM 20,347 Views 57 Comments

The petition wants councils to stop cutting down trees in public spaces without informing the public.

Butterflies are genetically wired to choose a mate that looks just like them
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Butterflies are genetically wired to choose a mate that looks just like them

Feb 9th 2019, 6:00 PM 7,309 Views 3 Comments

Male butterflies show a preference for females that have similar markings.

Ireland in a Snapshot: Shooting a music video in the Wicklow woods
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Ireland in a Snapshot: Shooting a music video in the Wicklow woods

Dec 8th 2018, 9:00 PM 19,359 Views 2 Comments

I was honoured to be asked to shoot a music video for artist David Rooney, best known for his unique illustrations, I didn’t realise he had a hidden talent as a singer, writes Donal Moloney.

Australia's egg-laying duck-billed platypus population is under threat
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Australia's egg-laying duck-billed platypus population is under threat

Nov 29th 2018, 11:02 AM 11,921 Views 27 Comments

A three-year survey of the duck-billed animal suggested its numbers had fallen by 30%.

Once upon a time, Ireland was full of penguins - here's how they disappeared
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Once upon a time, Ireland was full of penguins - here's how they disappeared

Nov 20th 2018, 8:00 PM 34,951 Views 21 Comments

No, not the chocolate bars – real penguins. Author Rob Maguire explains.

BBC nature team defends decision to intervene and save mother and baby emperor penguins
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BBC nature team defends decision to intervene and save mother and baby emperor penguins

Nov 20th 2018, 2:47 PM 46,328 Views 28 Comments

The decision broke a principle of nature film-making to observe but not interfere.

Endangered pygmy elephant shot dead in Malaysia 'out of revenge for destroying crops'
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Endangered pygmy elephant shot dead in Malaysia 'out of revenge for destroying crops'

Jul 26th 2018, 11:07 AM 11,371 Views 23 Comments

At least 18 pygmy elephants have been killed in the region since April.

Hawaii faces hottest and fastest lava yet with flows covering six football fields in an hour
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Hawaii faces hottest and fastest lava yet with flows covering six football fields in an hour

Jun 1st 2018, 7:15 AM 13,965 Views 8 Comments

“It can’t get hotter than where we are,” said a scientist from the US Geological Survey.

These nature photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
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These nature photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Apr 29th 2018, 12:00 PM 21,938 Views 10 Comments

Photographers are competing for a top prize of $10,000.

The harder a male tries to woo a female, the more likely they are to render their species extinct - study
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The harder a male tries to woo a female, the more likely they are to render their species extinct - study

Apr 14th 2018, 5:30 PM 32,055 Views 58 Comments

Research into certain extinct crustaceans shows the more energy put into creating larger sexual organs, the more likely the species might cease to exist.

Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark
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Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark

Mar 3rd 2018, 11:00 AM 13,341 Views 3 Comments

A group of scientists spent several weeks diving with whale sharks in the Galapagos Islands.

How the 'soft chaos' of nature reduces stress and helps us physically heal
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How the 'soft chaos' of nature reduces stress and helps us physically heal

Jan 13th 2018, 9:45 AM 13,337 Views 14 Comments

Come with us, on a walk through Dublin’s Botanic Gardens.

10,000-year-old skeleton of woolly mammoth sells for over €500,000 at auction
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10,000-year-old skeleton of woolly mammoth sells for over €500,000 at auction

Dec 16th 2017, 6:50 PM 11,090 Views 11 Comments

The giant skeleton was bought by the chief executive of a French waterproofing company whose logo is of the prehistoric mammal.

San Francisco Aquatic Park closed to swimmers after two sea lions attacks
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San Francisco Aquatic Park closed to swimmers after two sea lions attacks

Dec 16th 2017, 3:09 PM 15,959 Views 13 Comments

A sea lion bit a man in the groin area yesterday as he swam in the waters.

Here are some of this year's best nature photos from around the world
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Here are some of this year's best nature photos from around the world

Nov 12th 2017, 9:00 PM 27,627 Views 17 Comments

National Geographic is looking for the nature photographer of the year.

'Maternity leave' compensation system could help increase elephant population
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'Maternity leave' compensation system could help increase elephant population

Nov 5th 2017, 10:00 AM 11,267 Views 3 Comments

New research shows how the increase in elephants’ workloads has affected their reproduction.

Birds may learn new songs in similar way to how children learn new language
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Birds may learn new songs in similar way to how children learn new language

Nov 4th 2017, 10:30 AM 6,399 Views 5 Comments

Their strategy also resembles methods used in computer linguistics to compare documents.

Check out these incredible images from Nat Geo's nature photography contest
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Check out these incredible images from Nat Geo's nature photography contest

Oct 29th 2017, 9:00 PM 36,467 Views 20 Comments

The competition is accepting entries in four categories: wildlife, landscapes, underwater and aerials.

Whales and dolphins have tight-knit social groups and 'human-like' cultures and societies
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Whales and dolphins have tight-knit social groups and 'human-like' cultures and societies

Oct 17th 2017, 6:45 AM 7,423 Views 9 Comments

The study links the complexity of cetacean culture and behaviour to the size of their brains.

These are some of this year's best wildlife and nature photos from around the world
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These are some of this year's best wildlife and nature photos from around the world

Sep 30th 2017, 9:30 PM 33,946 Views 32 Comments

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PSNI successfully use drones to keep watch over peregrine crime hot-spots
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PSNI successfully use drones to keep watch over peregrine crime hot-spots

Sep 26th 2017, 8:36 PM 12,937 Views 14 Comments

One nest that has been maltreated for the past 30 years was saved as a result of the operation.

Seven parks across Ireland have been given the Green Flag Award
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Seven parks across Ireland have been given the Green Flag Award

Jul 23rd 2017, 7:00 PM 38,008 Views 12 Comments

The Green Flag Awards recognise parks that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways.

Volunteers wanted to help spot crabs on Irish coasts
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Volunteers wanted to help spot crabs on Irish coasts

Jul 9th 2017, 11:00 AM 18,954 Views 19 Comments

What you spot will be recorded as part of an EU-wide programme Sea Change.

Shape of bird eggs related to their ability to fly - study
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Shape of bird eggs related to their ability to fly - study

Jun 24th 2017, 1:00 PM 7,462 Views 8 Comments

It goes against theories that eggs are shaped to suit their environment; eg, to stop them rolling off a cliff face.

These glowing tropical sea creatures have started to 'bloom' north of their habitat, way way north
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These glowing tropical sea creatures have started to 'bloom' north of their habitat, way way north

Jun 22nd 2017, 3:06 PM 14,096 Views 15 Comments

They’re appearing in the US and Canada’s pacific northwest.

A swarm of bees swept through Midleton's main street today
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A swarm of bees swept through Midleton's main street today

Jun 16th 2017, 9:51 PM 82,693 Views 47 Comments

The Irish Wildlife Trust says it has received a few sightings of huge swarms of bees this week.

You might not have heard of this park - but it's one of Ireland's top free attractions
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You might not have heard of this park - but it's one of Ireland's top free attractions

Jun 10th 2017, 10:00 AM 135,839 Views 20 Comments

Doneraile Wildlife Park in North Cork has been named as one of Ireland’s best free to visit attractions.

Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than previously thought
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Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than previously thought

Apr 26th 2017, 10:51 PM 16,398 Views 24 Comments

Teeth and bones of an elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands were discovered.

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