Time to cherish our trees

HAVING a little time to spare on a visit to Cork last week, a walk into the UCC campus from the Western Road side was an enticing option. The freshly-greening trees ...

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Marginal ring ouzel could be next to disappear

WE WORRY that curlews and corncrakes are disappearing, but other species are going to the wall unlamented.

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Wealth inequality behind the extinction of mammals

IIN January 2019, Oxfam published figures showing that the 26 richest billionaires on earth own the same wealth as the 3.8bn people who make up the poorest half ...

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Islands of Ireland: Legendary and historical Rabbit Island

THIS West Cork island near the mouth of Glandore Harbour is one of five Rabbit Islands in the country, with the others in Bantry Bay, Cork Harbour, Galway Bay and ...

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Co-ops are good for our mental health and our community

Co-operatives are good for our well being, says Valerie O’Connor

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Don’t let the grass grow under your feet: Lawnmowers that make the cut

Kya deLongchamps enjoys some new detailing in pressure washers and reveals what makes the cut for her in cordless grass control.

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Get the buzz on helping bees and other pollinators

Helping bees and other pollinators is easy and will make your garden more beautiful, says Peter Dowdall

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Female robin will paint town red when her mate’s away

It’s in the nature of female robins. Nevertheless, their macho partners don’t like it.

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Geese can handle a little drama in their day

Wexford has two claims to fame: A world-class opera festival and a renowned nature reserve.

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Perilous life cycle of salmon

Given all the obstacles the wild salmon has to face, the only wonder is that it is managing to survive at all.

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The Islands of Ireland: At liberty to roam on Abbey Island

Abbey Island can be reached in just a few steps across the beach at Derrynane, Co Kerry.

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Fota House Plant & Garden Fair offers botanical treasure hunt

Fota’s plant fair is one of the highlights of the gardening calendar, according to Peter Dowdall.

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Why growing your own beetroot can benefit your health

Growing beetroot yourself will pay dividends when it comes to sustenance and health, says Fiann Ó Nualláin.

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How to make a bee hotel in 5 simple steps

Gardening author Kate Bradbury reveals how to create a handy shelter to encourage bees to your plot.

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4 experts share their top tips for making your garden look gorgeous while helping wildlife too

Look after your birds and beneficial insects with help from these top garden designers. Hannah Stephenson reports.

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Top score for field protection

The recent splendid spell of weather prompted some readers to inquire if we had yet heard the cuckoo.

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Bumbles disperse to spread the seed far away

Precious bumblebees have been on the wing since January, perhaps courtesy of climate change.

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Islands of Ireland: A testament to the human will

The charming village of Portmagee, Co Kerry, is known as the gateway to the Skellig islands and it hosts tens of thousands of people annually who take the 45-minute ...

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April’s changeable weather makes for unpredictable walk

April walks are a bagatelle, new turns in the weather every half hour.

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Sky’s the limit for rocket: Growing your own salad leaves is an easy route to cleaner eating

Growing your own salad leaves is an easy route to cleaner eating, writes Fiann Ó Nualláin.

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Let the sunshine in: How to grow hebes in your garden

Blue-sky thinking and green-fingered expertise are a winning combination this season, says Peter Dowdall

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Could your garden poison your pets? Here’s how to create a pet-friendly plot

What not to plant and how to keep your garden safe for your pets, as they venture outside in the warmer weather.

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Brexit spikes growth in demand for comfort plants

According to reports, Brexit woes have led to a bloom in 'comfort plants'. In these times of uncertainty gardeners are seeking familiarity. Hannah Stephenson reports ...

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Animals and their links to the weather

When TV channels cover major golf tournaments, they usually try to focus a little on wildlife that’s visible in or around the manicured courses.

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Snorkeller swept into mouth of baleen whale

According to South Africa’s New Straits Times, a 51-year-old conservationist has become a second Jonah; he was swept into a whale’s mouth.

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Islands of Ireland: Roeillaun - a hidden piece of paradise

The suits hang neatly on the rail of the caravan’s wardrobe. Shirts and ties are ready for wear. Colourful dresses complement the picture of a happy home life. ...

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In the pink for April: Top tips for planting flowers in spring

Peter Dowdall has advice on planting flowers that come into their own at this time of year.

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Africa’s big cats are in serious trouble, and this is why…

Having studied predators in Kenya’s Masai Mara for 40 years, Jonathan and Angela Scott are acutely aware of their challenges. Sarah Marshall reports.

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