St. Patrick's Day is, naturally, a special day here in Ireland... and is celebrated by Irish people and people of Irish descent all over the world. And while St. Patrick is perhaps best known for reducing Ireland's biodiversity (thanks to him we have no snakes in Ireland, after all), let's not forget that St. Patrick's Day marks a pivotal time in the Irish wildlife … [Read more...] about Wishing you all a WILD St. Patrick’s Day
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A Stellar's sea eagle called Nikita has gone missing in the Yorkshire Dales in England. The female bird, which is one of the world's largest bird of prey species with a wingspan of 2.4 metres (8ft), went missing from her home at the Hawk Experience in Settle on Saturday. Her trainer, Chris O'Donnel, said that while she could have travelled a vast distance in the interim, he … [Read more...] about How do you lose something that big?
Hanging out washing is an occupational hazards of working from a home office. Working from home invariably means I'm around when the washing machine finishes its spin cycle. And in most Irish households if the weather is dry there's always one overriding imperative: to get the washing hung out as soon as humanly possible! I don't really mind. There's … [Read more...] about Unexpected wildlife hotspot: the washing line!
With Valentine's Day tomorrow here's a little gift for all of you who love Ireland's wonderful wildlife... a special "I ♥ Ireland's Wildlife" wallpaper to dress up your PC desktop / tablet. The wallpaper features an image of a Common Dolphin taken off the coast of West Cork in December last year. To download the full-size image: Right click on the image above Choose … [Read more...] about Love Ireland’s Wildlife? Download Wild Valentine’s Day Wallpaper
I was hanging out washing yesterday lunchtime when I noticed this rook eyeing up the chimney. We've just lit the wood-burner in the kitchen, and while there was no visible smoke coming out of the chimney, I'm pretty certain there was a steady stream of hot air flowing from it. The rook, which looked wet... as if it had just had a bath (which they tend to do in a nearby … [Read more...] about Blow-dried Crow
The final countdown is on for Ireland’s island wide BioBlitz 2012, with four sites across the island competing for Ireland’s biodiversity crown. Killarney National Park took the title last year, and I’m off to Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve in West cork later today to do whatever I can to help bring the title back down south. We’re competing against Phoenix Park in Dublin, … [Read more...] about Ireland’s BioBlitz 2012 kicks off today!
Okay… the Birdwatch Ireland page on Facebook hit 3,000 likes today (see the rather fetching image they posted to their page to celebrate). We’re languishing on a paltry 1763 (actually, I think that’s pretty good, but I know we can do better). Think about it… birds ARE wildlife… but there’s much more to wildlife than just birds. Logically, if 3,000 people like Birdwatch Ireland … [Read more...] about Let’s catch Birdwatch Ireland on Facebook