Wildlife Archive

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

Eye of the Tiger

A new study on the genetic structure of the Indian tiger has found that the current  tiger population now only retain a small proportion of the historical mitochondrial DNA …

The Boar Truth

The first wild boar I saw were not wild per se, but were held in a captive programme near Białowieża Forest, Poland. The park contains many other large wild …

Farmed mink escapee?

The American mink (Neovision vison) is well established in Ireland due to the importation of animals for fur farming since 1950. In 1960 it was thought there were  60 breeders …

A wolf in dog’s clothing?

When I first visited the Zumwalt Prairie, NE  Oregon in 2007, wolves were still absent from the area. Wolves from the translocated population in Yellowstone were at the time expanding …

The Bug Reveal

In the words of Tyler DeWitt, “let me tell you a story”. Today’s story is about a fly, a carrion fly that eats the rotting carcasses of animals. This little fly …