THE beach and oak are among the last to shed last year’s crumbling brown leaves as new foliage pushes forward, while the knotted black knuckles on the ash are opening up to release moist newborn fronds.
THE dark bushy tail disappearing through the long grass and scrub close to the river bank suggested Mink, that small carnivore of the mustelid or weasel family, which includes the otter, stoat, pine marten and badger.
IT'S DEFINITELY easier to hand over the iPad than drag your kids kicking, screaming and suitably sullen, outside. But the great outdoors really is pretty wonderful wellbeing-wise – for you and the kids
IF THERE'S one person equipped to tackle US President Donald Trump's cynicism towards climate change, it's surely Sir David Attenborough – and it seems the much-loved naturalist would indeed be up for the challenge, should the occasion arise.
A FLASH of red darting across a forest path and into dense woodland is an all too rare treat these days: our native red squirrel population has been hit hard since the introduction of the American grey at the start of the last century.
FOR many, the first day of spring has long passed as it coincided with the Feast day of Saint Brigid, February 1, which, according to our pagan ancestors, also marked the beginning of the Celtic Festival of Imbolc – when they celebrated the successful passing of winter and the beginning of the agricultural year.
CAN you tell us a bit about your inspiration for Plastic Nation? Our world is beautiful and amazing and humans are damaging it potentially beyond repair: imagining a world without these incredible creatures is a tragic thought and, while none of us can independently save the world, everyone can make small changes and play their part.
HEARING the song of the chiffchaff, is for me, the definitive sign spring has arrived, the bird’s presence evidence of a journey successfully completed from its winter home in the Mediterranean basin to the insect rich skies of Ireland.