Laudato Si

I recently received what I considered to be quite an unusual request to present at a conference. It wasn’t the standard environmental or ecological conference I usually attend, but a …

Heritage Week

As part of Heritage Week (a week-long series of events that showcases Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage), I organised an “Otter Walk” along the King’s Channel, Waterford.  The event …

The Sea Garden

I’ve lived near the coast all my life, but it took me until recently to start eating seaweed. I was aware that seaweed was edible but I was never quite …

The Saltee Islands

The Saltee Islands are situated about 5 km from Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford. The two islands are called Great and Little Saltee, and are privately owned. The Great Saltee …

Waterford Estuary Otter Survey

I was recently awarded a grant from The Heritage Council to conduct an otter survey along the Waterford Estuary. This project will study the distribution of otters in the Waterford Estuary combining …

The Bat with the Identity Crisis

The Bat with the Identity Crisis or “Will the real Myotis nattereri please stand up?”  By Andrew Harrington. There is a misfortunate bat species that is going through a bit …

How to Look for Squirrels

The Eurasian red squirrel is, in my opinion at least, one of the cutest additions to the Irish countryside. The little ear tufts of the red squirrel help differentiate …

Feeding the Buzzards

Birds of Prey in Ireland  About 100 years ago, Ireland was devoid of large birds of prey like buzzards, red kites and golden eagles. Their populations were decimated by …

How to Look for Pine Marten

The pine marten (Martes martes) is making a recovery across Ireland, and is one our most beautiful but elusive mammals. It is notoriously difficult to see as it tends …

How to Look for Otters

In the first of a new series of posts about “How to Look for Mammals“, I take a look at one of our semi aquatic species, the Eurasian otter. …

How to Look for Mammals

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to present a workshop at the National Biodiversity Data Centre on Saturday September 13th on the art of “Tracking Ireland’s Mammals”. This was …

Wind Turbines Pose Risk to Bats

The Drive for Green Energy We need sustainable, affordable and clean energy production to fuel the economy, and the drive towards more environmentally friendly energy production versus coal and …

Attraction in the World of Bats

We spend much of our lives attempting to figure out the opposite sex in the hopes that it will lead to increased opportunities to attract a mate. But even when in a relationship, looking …

The Blog Awards Ireland

Blogging is increasingly seen as an important tool for businesses to engage with customers, and bloggers have a growing influence on purchasers. But scientists are also increasingly engaging across the …

Nietoperek Revisited

This post was written by Andrew Harrington You might remember last year Denise wrote an article on this blog about the Nietoperek bat reserve in Poland, which is one …

The Urban Otter

The banks of our own lovely Lee are not just a pretty place for a walk, the Lee is an important place for the otter, often described as our …

The “Infallible” DNA Test

Foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and pine marten (Martes martes) produce scats (faeces) that look quite similar. There are a list of rules, suggestions, smells and descriptions used by field naturalists …

Another colourful mink

American mink are not native to Ireland, but feral populations have become established as a consequence of mink fur farming in Ireland. Generally, feral mink are black in colour, …