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# nature - Saturday 17 April, 2021

Merlin Sheldrake: 'Fungi are metabolic wizards - they can explore, scavenge and salvage ingeniously'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Merlin Sheldrake: 'Fungi are metabolic wizards - they can explore, scavenge and salvage ingeniously'

Apr 17th 2021, 8:30 AM 9,400 Views 9 Comments

The biologist and writer shares an extract from his book Entangled Life.

# nature - Thursday 15 April, 2021

Almost 50% increase in Irish birds on endangered list following 'alarming' population declines
# Nature
# Nature

Almost 50% increase in Irish birds on endangered list following 'alarming' population declines

Apr 15th 2021, 8:13 AM 16,479 Views 21 Comments

One in four birds is now on the so-called red list.

# nature - Monday 22 February, 2021

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms

Feb 22nd 2021, 8:30 PM 74,303 Views 23 Comments

Noteworthy finds biodiversity in a battle with some farming practices – and a low level of accountability demanded by the Department of Agriculture.

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk

Feb 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 45,893 Views 59 Comments

Noteworthy discovers rich hedgerow resource cut back by local authorities during bird nesting season.

# nature - Thursday 10 September, 2020

Human activity sends wildlife into ‘freefall’ with 66% drop in global populations since 1970
# Nature
# Nature

Human activity sends wildlife into ‘freefall’ with 66% drop in global populations since 1970

Sep 10th 2020, 11:21 AM 13,328 Views 41 Comments

Charity WWF is calling for national laws to stop the impact of human activity on nature.

# nature - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

Spiders, sharks and science: The best pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards
# Good Eyes
# Good Eyes

Spiders, sharks and science: The best pictures from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards

Sep 1st 2020, 8:31 PM 22,080 Views 6 Comments

The photos come from the almost 50,000 entries to the Natural History Museum’s competition.

# nature - Saturday 25 April, 2020

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

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

Apr 25th 2020, 12:30 PM 43,857 Views 61 Comments

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
# Nature
# Nature

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

Jun 11th 2019, 10:37 AM 7,815 Views 11 Comments

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

# nature - Friday 24 May, 2019

A new survey is asking people to report sightings of wild honey bee colonies in Ireland this summer
# Bee On The Lookout
# Bee On The Lookout

A new survey is asking people to report sightings of wild honey bee colonies in Ireland this summer

May 24th 2019, 7:00 AM 27,703 Views 27 Comments

The survey is the first of its kind in Europe.

# nature - Monday 6 May, 2019

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

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

May 6th 2019, 12:54 PM 24,986 Views 57 Comments

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
# Photography
# Photography

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

Apr 21st 2019, 9:15 PM 68,000 Views 19 Comments

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
# Photography
# Photography

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

Mar 31st 2019, 10:30 AM 33,850 Views 6 Comments

Entries are still being accepted.

# nature - Saturday 9 March, 2019

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

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

Mar 9th 2019, 7:30 AM 20,365 Views 57 Comments

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
# Laws Of Attraction
# Laws Of Attraction

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

Feb 9th 2019, 6:00 PM 7,318 Views 3 Comments

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
# Column
# Column

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

Dec 8th 2018, 9:00 PM 19,361 Views 2 Comments

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
# Nature
# Nature

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

Nov 29th 2018, 11:02 AM 11,963 Views 27 Comments

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
# Penguin
# Penguin

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

Nov 20th 2018, 8:00 PM 35,124 Views 21 Comments

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
# Dynasties

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

Nov 20th 2018, 2:47 PM 46,353 Views 28 Comments

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'
# Borneo
# Borneo

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

Jul 26th 2018, 11:07 AM 11,384 Views 23 Comments

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
# Kilauea

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

Jun 1st 2018, 7:15 AM 13,965 Views 8 Comments

“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
# Travel
# Travel

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

Apr 29th 2018, 12:00 PM 21,970 Views 10 Comments

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
# We're Doomed
# We're Doomed

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

Apr 14th 2018, 5:30 PM 32,057 Views 58 Comments

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
# Misunderstood
# Misunderstood

Cracking the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark

Mar 3rd 2018, 11:00 AM 13,383 Views 3 Comments

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
# Get Out
# Get Out

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

Jan 13th 2018, 9:45 AM 13,344 Views 14 Comments

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
# Sold
# Sold

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

Dec 16th 2017, 6:50 PM 11,095 Views 11 Comments

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
# San Francisco
# San Francisco

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

Dec 16th 2017, 3:09 PM 15,960 Views 13 Comments

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
# National Geographic

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

Nov 12th 2017, 9:00 PM 27,634 Views 17 Comments

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
# Laos
# Laos

'Maternity leave' compensation system could help increase elephant population

Nov 5th 2017, 10:00 AM 11,267 Views 3 Comments

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
# Singalong
# Singalong

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

Nov 4th 2017, 10:30 AM 6,408 Views 5 Comments

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
# Mother Nature
# Mother Nature

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

Oct 29th 2017, 9:00 PM 36,469 Views 20 Comments

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
# Research
# Research

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

Oct 17th 2017, 6:45 AM 7,428 Views 9 Comments

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
# Photography
# Photography

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

Sep 30th 2017, 9:30 PM 33,950 Views 32 Comments

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
# Peregrine Watch
# Peregrine Watch

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

Sep 26th 2017, 8:36 PM 12,937 Views 14 Comments

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
# Heritage
# Heritage

Seven parks across Ireland have been given the Green Flag Award

Jul 23rd 2017, 7:00 PM 38,015 Views 12 Comments

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
# Crab Watch
# Crab Watch

Volunteers wanted to help spot crabs on Irish coasts

Jul 9th 2017, 11:00 AM 18,989 Views 21 Comments

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
# Scrambled Theories
# Scrambled Theories

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

Jun 24th 2017, 1:00 PM 7,479 Views 8 Comments

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
# Under The Sea

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

Jun 22nd 2017, 3:06 PM 14,164 Views 15 Comments

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
# Normal Beehaviour
# Normal Beehaviour

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

Jun 16th 2017, 9:51 PM 82,704 Views 47 Comments

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
# Hidden Gem
# Hidden Gem

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

Jun 10th 2017, 10:00 AM 135,953 Views 20 Comments

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
# Not So New World
# Not So New World

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

Apr 26th 2017, 10:51 PM 16,398 Views 24 Comments

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

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