Undoubtedly one of the biggest wildlife issues in Ireland and Britain over the last few years has been the role of badgers (Meles meles) in the transmission of TB to cattle and the subsequent culling efforts to curtail the disease. This has understandably led to public outcry over this culling policy and alternatives such as vaccination trials are now being tested in … [Read more...] about Are Irish badgers a distinct subspecies?
A team of international researchers from eight countries has discovered that current polar bears have a common Irish ancestor. The research, which was led by Professor Dan Bradley of the Smurfit Institute of Genetics at Trinity College Dublin, examined genetic material from more than 240 bears, both living and long dead, from 14 different locations. They found the closest … [Read more...] about Polar bears of Irish descent