Great news for wildlife enthusiasts -- sharks are back off the Irish coast. Basking sharks, the world's second largest shark species, return to Irish shores every year around the same times as swallows. Early sightings of these less well known but much larger harbingers of spring trickled in at the end of March from West Cork, and with an impressive record of 20 basking … [Read more...] about Sharks are back!
The Irish white-tailed eagle reintroduction project has received a much-needed boost with news that five pairs, spanning four Irish counties, now have chicks in the nest. According to a press release issued by the Golden Eagle Trust, of the eight pairs that attempted to breed this year, eagle chicks have now hatched at sites in Glengarriff, West Cork; two sites in Co. Kerry; … [Read more...] about Irish white-tailed eagles hatch chicks in four counties
The Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark has teamed up with Leave No Trace Ireland to promote responsible outdoor recreation at the iconic tourist hot spots on Ireland's west coast. A graffiti incident at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare earlier this year is a stark example of the kind of environmental vandalism that the team is trying to combat with the … [Read more...] about New responsible tourism initiative for The Burren
The internationally protected Lesser Horseshoe Bat has been granted a reprieve in County Clare after Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, intervened in a controversial council zoning decision. Reports indicate that the Minister took the unprecedented move of issuing a “notice of intent” directing the council to change the Clare Local Area Plan it … [Read more...] about Bats reprieved as minister intervenes in Clare County Council zoning fiasco
Cornish surfer Mickey Smith hit national television in the UK last week when his short film Dark Side of the Lens featured on the incredibly popular Springwatch series. It struck me straight away that a lot of the coastline looked like the Atlantic coast of Ireland – and I found out later that much of the footage featured in the short film was shot here, and that Mickey … [Read more...] about Nature doesn’t get any wilder than this… and it was filmed in Ireland