While in many ways it's fair to say we have more today than we've ever had, if you're more than about thirty years old a short walk in the Irish countryside will quickly reveal that we also have much less. It's an irrefutable fact that there's simply less wildlife around today than there was just a few decades ago. Birds provide the most obvious example of this... simply … [Read more...] about Book Review: Whittled Away — Ireland’s vanishing nature
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Autumn is a fantastic time for wildlife. Perhaps the best of times. It's a time of transition, a time of activity and movement as residents prepare for the onset of harsher winter months, summer visitors depart and winter visitors begin to arrive. The cast of Irish wildlife characters is in a state of flux, and nowhere is that more apparent than with birds. Autumn, … [Read more...] about Book review: Don’t Die in Autumn
Bees have always been a source of fascination for me. I remember as a child spending hours in Dad's flower borders watching their busy antics, marvelling at the sights and sounds as they buzzed from one flower to the next. Of course I could see there were lots of different kinds of bee in the garden, but what I didn't have at the time, as a budding young naturalist, was a … [Read more...] about Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland
Birds have always held a special draw for me. It was a a fascination with birds that first kindled my interest in wildlife as a youngster. I guess you could say that they were my first wildlife love, and while I'm interested in all sorts of wildlife today, birds will always hold a special significance. I suspect many wildlife enthusiasts have a similar story to tell. I'm … [Read more...] about Book Review: Ireland’s Birds; Myths, Legends and Folklore
I'm sitting writing this in my in-law's house in Cork City, up with the family from rural West Cork to do a spot of Christmas shopping and soak up the festive atmosphere. But as always, I'll be keeping an eye and ear tuned for wildlife while in town. Cities offer a surprising range of opportunities for wildlife watching. I love the fact that, once your tuned in to the rhythm … [Read more...] about Book Review: Chris Packham’s “Back Garden Nature Reserve” and “Wild Side of Town”