Over the past hundred years or so, as farming practices have changed and urban sprawl has extended, the number of areas of wild grasses and wildflowers in Ireland and the UK has significantly dropped. Some organisations state that the loss of ‘unimproved grasslands’ is as high as 99% in Ireland over the past hundred years.WildflowersIt becomes obvious then, if we have … [Read more...] about How Planting a Wildflower Bed Can Boost Local Wildlife
In the wake of yesterday's decision by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD not to proceed with plans to extend hedgerow cutting into August, a newsletter landed in my inbox.It was from Birdwatch Ireland's Assistant Head of Policy and Advocacy, Oonagh Duggan.In it, Oonagh applauded the Minister's decision and highlighted the … [Read more...] about Thanks Josepha Madigan, you made the right decision.
Our Recommended Optics "Shop" is now liveWe're in the process of going through our reviews for birding and wildlife optics with "Recommended" and "Highly Recommended" ratings, and posting them to a brand new section of our online shop imaginatively named "Recommended Optics".Some of our recently recommended birding and wildlife opticsYou'll notice the word … [Read more...] about New “Recommended” optics store on Ireland’s Wildlife
We're delighted to announce that our guided wildlife and birding tours based on Ireland's Wild South Coast have been awarded the prestigious Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2019.It's a great endorsement, based on real reviews by guests who have spent time with us on the West Cork coast. There really is no better accolade.The great thing is that this is … [Read more...] about Certificate of Excellence for Ireland’s Wildlife Tours
This breathtaking drone footage of four Humpback Whales interacting with a pod of Short-beaked Common Dolphins was captured off the coast of West Cork in late April by researchers from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG).https://vimeo.com/332435303The footage is part of an exciting new project called Whale Track Ireland, initiated by the IWDG thanks to funding from … [Read more...] about Incredible humpback whale footage off Ireland’s south coast
On a trip with West Cork based whale watching operator Cork Whale Watch last week, drone pilot and Ocean Research & Conservation Ireland (ORCIreland) Observer Greg Coleman captured some astonishing aerial footage of a gigantic Fin Whale lunge feeding through bait balls created by Short-beaked Common Dolphins (see the ORCIreland YouTube clip … [Read more...] about Lunge-feeding Fin Whale caught on camera by drone