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Oak Processionary Moth confirmed in Ireland

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine confirmed earlier this week that colonies of the invasive Oak Processionary Moth (Thaumetopoea processionea) had been discovered on four oak trees in a Dublin housing estate. The caterpillars and the trees have been destroyed in an attempt to eradicate the pest before….

Panasonic Lumix G9 Photowalk

Panasonic Lumix G9 and Lumix GH5S in Ireland

Ever the innovators, Panasonic has just introduced two new cameras to its flagship Lumix G line of mirrorless compact system cameras (CSC). You may recall I tested the top-end Lumix GH5 in the third quarter of 2017, and was very impressed with the camera… so when I received an invitation….

Lost bumblebee rediscovered in Dublin after 88 years

Southern cuckoo bumblebee found in Dublin Park

A gardener at a Dublin park has rediscovered a bumblebee species last recorded in Ireland in 1926. Eddie Hill, who is an avid bee recorder, and regularly submits bee sightings to the National Bumblebee Monitoring scheme, noticed some odd looking bees feeding on flowers at St. Enda’s Park in Rathfarnam. After studying photographs and two….

Biodiversity Beermats bring wildlife to Dublin pubs

Biodiversity beermat -- salmon

A group of postgraduate students at the School of Natural Sciences in Dublin has come up with an innovative way of engaging with the Irish public about the importance of biodiversity. They’ve produced a set of  eight “Biodiversity Beermats”, each featuring a fun biodiversity fact, and beautifully designed and illustrated….

Dublin: a Fair City for wildlife

The problem with routine, apart from the fact that doing the same thing over and over soon becomes incredibly dull,  is that you can’t turn it off! Take waking up at exactly the same time every morning. Most of us do it as a matter of course: we rise to….

Wild salmon return to Dublin’s Tolka River

For the first time in more than 100 years wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) have been confirmed breeding in Dublin’s Tolka river. A recent review of fish stocks in the river noted the presence of juvenile salmon at three locations: Tolka, Glasnevin and three locations Inland Fisheries Ireland noted the….

Red Kites Released in North Dublin

Red kites will soar over Dublin again for the first time in generations thanks to the release of 26 young birds at Newbridge Demesne earlier this week. The release is part of a five-year publicly funded programme to reintroduce red kites to Irish skies. Now in its final year the….

Bottlenose dolphins making a splash at Dalkey/Killiney Bay

Three resident bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) continue to thrill onlookers with their acrobatic antics in the Killiney Bay / Dalkey area of Dublin Bay. Footage of the trio even featured on last night’s RTÉ news. According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) there have been daily sightings of….

Roseate Tern offered lifeline on Ireland’s East Coast

The population of the roseate tern (Sterna dougallii), which is classed as one of Europe’s rarest breeding seabirds, is getting a much needed boost thanks to a Birdwatch Ireland and National Parks and Wildlife Service conservation initiative. According to a report in today’s Irish Times Ireland now boasts 90 per….