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How to watch Basking Sharks

A basking shark off the West Cork Coast

“Shark-infested waters” isn’t a term you normally associate with the Irish coastline, yet in late spring and early summer the Irish coast is one of the best places in Europe to see one of the world’s largest sharks. The basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus) is the largest fish in the North Atlantic, and second….

The Calendar Road: August 2014

The Calendar Road August 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…

The Calendar Road: July 2014

This months show is all about our wildflowers and plants.  It’s late June on the Calendar Road and most of these plants are coming into flower.  With bees buzzing and birds singing, Sinéad walk along by the hedgerows that border the road to pick out the most important plants that some term ‘weeds’ but others….

The Calendar Road: June 2014

This months show is all about our wildflowers and plants.  It’s late June on the Calendar Road and most of these plants are coming into flower.  With bees buzzing and birds singing, Sinéad walk along by the hedgerows that border the road to pick out the most important plants that some term ‘weeds’ but others….

Ireland’s Wildlife Calendar: Summer

Young Wren recently fledged

Summer in Ireland means long days, with sunny periods (sometimes quite lengthy ones) interspersed with showers and longer bouts of rain. Temperatures begin to rise in early summer, and the Irish countryside comes alive with a kaleidoscope of colourful wildflowers and the industrious hum of pollinating insects. It’s a fantastic….

Autumn is on the way… no really!

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,….