Just over a year ago the Herpetological Society of Ireland (HSI) was called out to a site in Kildare where hundreds of common frogs were lying dead. Thankfully, one year on things seem to have improved, but the exact cause of the mass mortality remains a mystery... Rob O'Sullivan, PR Officer with the HSI explains. On the 24th of February last year, The … [Read more...] about Frogs bounce back at Kildare site after unexplained 2014 deaths
Following on from research by Dr Emma Sheehy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, a team at Queens University Belfast is trying to shed light on what exactly is going on in the interaction between red squirrels, grey squirrels and pine martens -- and they need your help. Researcher Lily Price explains....A glimmer of hope for the long-term future of the … [Read more...] about Does the Pine marten have a role to play in the conservation of the red squirrel?
RSPB Northern Ireland's Belfast Lough nature reserve at Belfast Harbour Estate has undergone extensive refurbishment to give it a renewed WOW factor. Media and Events Officer Amy Colvin explains what all the fuss is about.Belfast’s Harbour Estate isn't the sort of place you’d expect nature to flourish - but prepare to be WOWed!Its origins can be traced back … [Read more...] about WOW: RSPB Northern Ireland’s new and improved Belfast Lough reserve
You have to walk through a lot of farmer’s fields today before you find a good patch of thistles.This strange thought occurred to me the other day after several strolls in the countryside around my house. For a plant that the books claim is extremely common I found it very hard to locate. At least the ones in my garden are doing well and despite having a formidable defence … [Read more...] about Jinny go up: the story of the thistle
I was born in London but whenever anyone asks me where I’m from my stock answer is always that I am a black, Afropean, child of the earth and Honorary Irishman. I particularly cherish the ‘Honorary Irishman’ bit of my epithet because I really do feel a close affinity with the Emerald Isle. When I first came into this world my early days were spent in northwest London, initially … [Read more...] about The Urban Birder in Ireland