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Fin whales to firecrests — wildlife extremes on the Wild Atlantic Way.


The wildlife of the West Cork coast never fails in its capacity to surprise and delight me. It doesn’t matter how many times I head out, or how much (or indeed how little) I manage to see, there’s always something that stands out. Even on those rare occasions when I….

Antlers at dawn: Killarney’s red deer rut

Bellowing red deer stag Killarney

Sean O’Callaghan of Kerry’s Wild Side gives us the low-down on one of the most testosterone-charged events in the Irish wildlife calendar: the annual red deer rut at Killarney National Park in County Kerry. Each autumn as the first of the winter chills set in and the summer’s dying leaves….

The Calendar Road: December 2014


Sinéad rings the changes, on the last day of December 2014 and the eve of New Year. With a look back over the year along the Calendar Road and a chat about the lapwings who have returned to winter here. Brought to you in association with…

The Calendar Road: November 2014

It’s November on the Calendar Road and Sinéad takes a walk out at night to talk about the longer nights as winter approaches. Brought to you in association with…

The Calendar Road: August 2014

The Calendar Road August 2014

The last day of August and Sinéad feels that autumn has come to the Calendar Road.  She talks about The Festival of Lunása and the Sun God Lugh, as the wind blows gently through the trees. Brought to you in association with…

The Calendar Road: November 2013


November 2013 has been a colourful month with an extended autumn along the Calendar Road.  Sinéad marks the 4th anniversary of the podcast by visiting the same spot she did on the very first show, but this time it’s talk of trees, and the superstition surrounding them. Click play in….

Autumn is on the way… no really!

I’m not sure what the collective noun is for a congregation of tits… but a “clamouring” would be a particularly apt one. A mixed flock of the tiny birds descended on a friend’s garden yesterday, causing an almighty commotion in a young ash tree. There were blue tits, great tits,….