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# nature - Saturday 25 April, 2020

Reduce mowing and phasing out chemicals: Dublin City Council's plans for 'wilding' of landscape

The council said that many parks, and all playgrounds, are now chemical-free.

# nature - Tuesday 11 June, 2019

Over 500 plant species became extinct in the past 250 years, new study finds

A new study has found that plant extinction is occurring up to 500 times faster than ‘natural’ rates.

# nature - Friday 24 May, 2019

# nature - Monday 6 May, 2019

'We're in trouble': Landmark UN report details unprecedented decline in nature

Over one million animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction.

# nature - Sunday 21 April, 2019

These breathtaking photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year

The contest carries a $7,500 first prize.

# nature - Sunday 31 March, 2019

These stunning photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photo of the Year

Entries are still being accepted.

# nature - Saturday 9 March, 2019

Petition accusing councils of cutting down too many trees reaches over 5,500 signatures

The petition wants councils to stop cutting down trees in public spaces without informing the public.

# nature - Saturday 9 February, 2019

Butterflies are genetically wired to choose a mate that looks just like them

Male butterflies show a preference for females that have similar markings.

# nature - Saturday 8 December, 2018

Ireland in a Snapshot: Shooting a music video in the Wicklow woods

I was honoured to be asked to shoot a music video for artist David Rooney, best known for his unique illustrations, I didn’t realise he had a hidden talent as a singer, writes Donal Moloney.

# nature - Thursday 29 November, 2018

Australia's egg-laying duck-billed platypus population is under threat

A three-year survey of the duck-billed animal suggested its numbers had fallen by 30%.

# nature - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

Once upon a time, Ireland was full of penguins - here's how they disappeared

No, not the chocolate bars – real penguins. Author Rob Maguire explains.

BBC nature team defends decision to intervene and save mother and baby emperor penguins Dynasties This post contains videos

BBC nature team defends decision to intervene and save mother and baby emperor penguins

The decision broke a principle of nature film-making to observe but not interfere.

# nature - Thursday 26 July, 2018

Endangered pygmy elephant shot dead in Malaysia 'out of revenge for destroying crops'

At least 18 pygmy elephants have been killed in the region since April.

# nature - Friday 1 June, 2018

Hawaii faces hottest and fastest lava yet with flows covering six football fields in an hour Kilauea This post contains videos

Hawaii faces hottest and fastest lava yet with flows covering six football fields in an hour

“It can’t get hotter than where we are,” said a scientist from the US Geological Survey.

# nature - Sunday 29 April, 2018

These nature photos are up for the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Photographers are competing for a top prize of $10,000.

# nature - Saturday 14 April, 2018

The harder a male tries to woo a female, the more likely they are to render their species extinct - study

Research into certain extinct crustaceans shows the more energy put into creating larger sexual organs, the more likely the species might cease to exist.

# nature - Saturday 3 March, 2018

Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark

A group of scientists spent several weeks diving with whale sharks in the Galapagos Islands.

# nature - Saturday 13 January, 2018

How the 'soft chaos' of nature reduces stress and helps us physically heal

Come with us, on a walk through Dublin’s Botanic Gardens.

# nature - Saturday 16 December, 2017

10,000-year-old skeleton of woolly mammoth sells for over €500,000 at auction

The giant skeleton was bought by the chief executive of a French waterproofing company whose logo is of the prehistoric mammal.

San Francisco Aquatic Park closed to swimmers after two sea lions attacks

A sea lion bit a man in the groin area yesterday as he swam in the waters.

# nature - Sunday 12 November, 2017

Here are some of this year's best nature photos from around the world

National Geographic is looking for the nature photographer of the year.

# nature - Sunday 5 November, 2017

'Maternity leave' compensation system could help increase elephant population

New research shows how the increase in elephants’ workloads has affected their reproduction.

# nature - Saturday 4 November, 2017

Birds may learn new songs in similar way to how children learn new language

Their strategy also resembles methods used in computer linguistics to compare documents.

# nature - Sunday 29 October, 2017

Check out these incredible images from Nat Geo's nature photography contest

The competition is accepting entries in four categories: wildlife, landscapes, underwater and aerials.

# nature - Tuesday 17 October, 2017

Whales and dolphins have tight-knit social groups and 'human-like' cultures and societies

The study links the complexity of cetacean culture and behaviour to the size of their brains.

# nature - Saturday 30 September, 2017

These are some of this year's best wildlife and nature photos from around the world

Feel like taking a trip into the wild?

# nature - Tuesday 26 September, 2017

PSNI successfully use drones to keep watch over peregrine crime hot-spots

One nest that has been maltreated for the past 30 years was saved as a result of the operation.

# nature - Sunday 23 July, 2017

Seven parks across Ireland have been given the Green Flag Award

The Green Flag Awards recognise parks that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways.

# nature - Sunday 9 July, 2017

Volunteers wanted to help spot crabs on Irish coasts

What you spot will be recorded as part of an EU-wide programme Sea Change.

# nature - Saturday 24 June, 2017

Shape of bird eggs related to their ability to fly - study

It goes against theories that eggs are shaped to suit their environment; eg, to stop them rolling off a cliff face.

# nature - Thursday 22 June, 2017

These glowing tropical sea creatures have started to 'bloom' north of their habitat, way way north Under The Sea This post contains videos

These glowing tropical sea creatures have started to 'bloom' north of their habitat, way way north

They’re appearing in the US and Canada’s pacific northwest.

# nature - Friday 16 June, 2017

A swarm of bees swept through Midleton's main street today

The Irish Wildlife Trust says it has received a few sightings of huge swarms of bees this week.

# nature - Saturday 10 June, 2017

You might not have heard of this park - but it's one of Ireland's top free attractions

Doneraile Wildlife Park in North Cork has been named as one of Ireland’s best free to visit attractions.

# nature - Wednesday 26 April, 2017

Ancient humans may have reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than previously thought

Teeth and bones of an elephant-like creature unmistakably modified by human hands were discovered.

# nature - Saturday 22 April, 2017

Check out these incredible images of US National Parks - from eye level and space Mother Nature This post contains images

# nature - Tuesday 11 April, 2017

Dublin Mountains gorse fire sparks warning for people during dry weather

Dublin Fire Brigade said it was ‘hard to say’ what started last night’s fire.

# nature - Saturday 8 April, 2017

Shrinking Himalayan glaciers have been granted status of 'living entities'

An Indian court made the decision because the glaciers were “losing their very existence”.

# nature - Friday 27 January, 2017

A complete list of the sharks in Irish waters has just been published

The leafscale gulper and the Portuguese dogfish are but two of 71.

# nature - Monday 9 January, 2017

Super-strong man-made spider silk could soon be used to repair spinal cords

The material is one of nature’s strongest materials but it’s notoriously hard to farm.

# nature - Thursday 8 September, 2016

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