Anyone with an ounce of sense will instantly see the headline above for what it is: sensationalist, ill-informed clap-trap. Nonetheless headlines just like it have been rife across Irish media following calls for a cull of the birds by Senator Denis O'Donovan in the Seanad earlier this week.Here are just some of the questionable headlines, introducing equally … [Read more...] about Seagulls ate my aunty’s dog! Really?
A social media storm is brewing surrounding an ill-informed and disturbingly inaccurate radio interview about birds conducted on the Pat Kenny Show on national Irish radio station Newstalk FM yesterday (Wed 14 January).On the show, host Pat Kenny (pictured left) introduced Biochemistry Professor, Luke O'Niell (yes, you read that right -- a professor of biochemistry), about … [Read more...] about Raptors in the firing line on national radio show
Last night I penned this email to Cllr. John Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, in response to his outrageous call for an "Open Season" on hen harriers in the county.This morning I received an email with the following standard letter attached, clarifying Cllr. Sheahan's position: Reply to "OPEN SEASON" remarkDear Sirs,I wish to thank you for writing … [Read more...] about “Open Season” on hen harrier: Cllr. John Sheahan’s response
I'm at a loss to understand what Cllr. John Sheahan could have been thinking when he made his "Open Season" on hen harriers statement (as reported in the Limerick Leader and outlined on this site here).I felt compelled (along with many other people I'm sure) to write to Cllr. Sheahan expressing my thoughts on his frankly outrageous statement. You'll find the full text of … [Read more...] about Email to Cllr. John Sheahan re. “Open Season” on Hen Harriers statement
Irish farmers are intelligent people... and many of the farmers I meet on a day-to-day basis have at least some understanding of the wildlife they share their land with.I live in a farming community, and much of the wildlife I encounter every day is living on in and around farmland. I can't in good conscience pretend that most farmers are benevolent to wildlife... they … [Read more...] about Irish farmers, you need representatives with more “cop on”!
Why is it that we’re so ready to lay the blame at nature’s door when things go awry in the countryside?There are plenty of examples out there. Bovine TB is perhaps the biggest that springs to mind at the moment. It’s a dreadful disease in cattle that has serious implications for dairy farmers, their families and entire rural communities. It’s a problem that needs to be … [Read more...] about Natural born scapegoats…why do we always blame wildlife?
All over Ireland gardeners are on a mission to eradicate weeds... but is there a different approach that can help the gardener AND help Ireland's wildlfie?****Weeds!The very mention of them can send gardeners into spasm. Throughout summer well into autumn we fight a never-ending battle with weeds. It’s a futile exercise, because we know the seeds released this year … [Read more...] about Give weeds a break in your garden
I was getting settled at my desk yesterday morning, pondering what to write for my Irish Independent wildlife column, when the phone beeped. It was a message from Padraig Whooley, sightings coordinator with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, telling me that a suspected fin whale had live-stranded in Baltimore, West Cork. He'd be passing my house in a quarter of an hour if I … [Read more...] about Baltimore whale stranding: a good news story?
Earlier today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the fifth of their four-yearly State of the Environment reports “Ireland’s Environment 2012: An Assessment”. I read the press release, scanned through the main points with interest, and went straight for my main area of interest, Chapter 6, Nature and Biodiversity… I was greeted by a merlin, hawthorn blossom (I … [Read more...] about Ireland’s nature and biodiversity featuring invasive alien