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 don't see much out of the ordinary there's an entire cast of local regulars that make venturing out a … [Read more...] about Fin whales to firecrests — wildlife extremes on the Wild Atlantic Way.
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 stubbornly depart their branches, the Killarney valley and surrounding … [Read more...] about Antlers at dawn: Killarney’s red deer rut
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... … [Read more...] about The Calendar Road: December 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... … [Read more...] about The Calendar Road: November 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... … [Read more...] about The Calendar Road: August 2014
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 the audio player below to listen to April's Calendar Road podcast here -- or follow this … [Read more...] about The Calendar Road: November 2013
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, coal tits and several long tailed tits in the mix. They were all jostling for prime spots as they … [Read more...] about Autumn is on the way… no really!