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Video captures essence of Ireland’s wildlife at National Biodiversity Conference

Ireland's Wildlife Video

Ireland is home to some truly phenomenal wildlife. Our position on the western periphery of Europe, perched on the edge of the wild North Atlantic, makes this a truly special place. The essence of Ireland’s natural heritage is encapsulated in this short video, compiled by Crossing The Line Films. It….

Huge spike in common dolphin deaths around Ireland

Short beaked common dolphin

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has expressed concern over a worrying increase in reports of dead common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) around the Irish coast during the first two months of 2018. According to the figures on the group’s website 2017 was a record year for cetacean strandings in Ireland, with….

White tailed eagle: parent feeding chick photo gallery

  On our spring Discover Wildlife Weekend in May I took the group to Glengarrif in Co. Cork to see if we could catch a glimpse of the white-tailed eagle pair that were breeding in the area. We got a bit more than we bargained for — first seeing an adult fly in to….

Successful convictions in Waterford raptor case

Poisoned Peregrine Falcon

On 09 March in Dungarvan District Court the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) secured successful convictions in a high-profile wildlife crime case. The court convicted four felons of crimes relating to targeting and killing of protected birds of prey during the 2014 breeding season. The case began more than two years….

White-tailed eagle found poisoned at Connemara nest site

A female white-tailed eagle was found dead at a nest site in Connemara earlier this month by National Parks and Wildlife Service Conservation Ranger Dermot Breen. Mr Breen found the six-year-old female dead on the nest on 01 April, and a post-mortem later confirmed poisoning as the cause of death — the 13th….

Calls for urgent investigation into seal massacre

The Irish Seal Sanctuary has called for an urgent investigation by the National Parks and Wildlife Service into the massacre of seals off the coast of counties Waterford and Wexford. Four decapitated seals were discovered in Tramore, Co. Waterford at the end of last week, bringing the overall tally of….

Seals shot in Co. Waterford; IWT calls for full investigation

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is calling on the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Gardaí to launch a full investigation into the killing of seals in Co. Waterford. Two grey seals were discovered on Tuesday 21 February near Tramore, Co. Waterford with horrific gunshot wounds to the head. The….

National Parks and Wildlife Service

The National Parks and Wildlife Service is part of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. It is responsible for managing the Irish State’s nature conservation responsibilities. It’s principle roles are to: secure the conservation of a representative range of ecosystems and maintain and enhance populations of flora….

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….