RECENTLY, just as light was breaking through with snow falling on the local brae, two blue-tits defied each other, and winter’s stubbornness, with vigorous territorial song, a war of spring words, each declaring this was their patch.
DO YOU love trees and the outdoors? Do you want to make your mark to help local wildlife? If so, then the Belfast Hills Partnership (BHP) need your help to plant 6,500 trees and hedging plants before the end of March.
The Pope has travelled deep into the Amazonian rainforest to demand an end to the relentless exploitation of its timber, gas and gold resources and the recognition of its indigenous peoples as the primary custodians to determine the future of "our common home".
PASSING through Bundoran, Co Donegal, recently, I saw a small flock of brent geese, Branta bernicla hrota, feeding at low tide, in the bay beyond the bridge, where the River Bradog flows into the Atlantic, the place which also marks the crossing point to the west end of the town.
THIS weekend as we greet the turning of the year, leave an old friend or foe behind and embrace a new one, I reflect on the recent meeting of old and new in my garden, a coming together of sorts which captured the subtle change of mood in the natural world right now.