Gallery: Green

It’s not easy being green, or so that charming, amphibious, banjo-strummer would have us believe. But however difficult life is for the emerald-hued denizens of this great, blue, planet, there’s no denying that green is the colour of life. There is a reason we seek out fields, forests and gardens when we need rest and regeneration. … More Gallery: Green

It’s Not Easy Being Mean

Venomous and poisonous animals capture the imagination of people across the globe. Whether through fear or fascination, toxic creatures (epitomised by reptiles and amphibians) have long been the object of interest amongst the public and scientists alike. This has lead to an incredible body of research on the benefits to individuals of having a chemical arsenal, often obvious such … More It’s Not Easy Being Mean

Field Herp Diaries: Volunteering on Mauritius

Last year I was lucky enough to spend several months volunteering with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), where I worked on conservation projects with two endangered passerines; the Mauritus Olive white-eye, and Mauritius Fody. Whilst there I got the chance to work on other conservation projects, including the reptile recovery programme. Mauritius was once home … More Field Herp Diaries: Volunteering on Mauritius

Species Profile: Attacus Atlas Moth

Name: Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) Range: South-East Asia, in tropical and subtropical broadleaf rainforests. While it can be found throughout the year, it is most common during November to January. Diet: Ficus carica (common fig), Mangifera indica (mango) and other citrus plants, Ricinus communis (castor oil plant), Annona squamosa (sugar apple) The atlas moth is one of the largest … More Species Profile: Attacus Atlas Moth

Photographic Diary: Lizards of the Irish Coast

On a rainy Saturday afternoon in Cork city, my partner-in-crime, Seán, and I decided to head out in search of sunshine. After loading up the car with binoculars, cameras, and flasks of tea, we drove east to Ballycotton. The beautiful cliff walk in Ballycotton, East Cork, is popular with walkers, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts alike. … More Photographic Diary: Lizards of the Irish Coast

Wildlife Photography: Choosing The Right Camera

Piece by Emma Lawlor So you like taking photos of your animals, and have decided you’d like to upgrade your camera and improve on your photography…but there’s so many cameras out there, which one do you choose? COMPACT CAMERA These are the small, pocket-sized ‘point and shoot’ cameras you most likely have, that you carry … More Wildlife Photography: Choosing The Right Camera

Fire Bellied Toad Care

Scientific Name: Bombina orientalis The fire bellied toad is an amphibian native to Korea, China and Eastern Russia. They are an attractive species, typically lime green with mottled black markings, though they have the ability to change colouration. The name Fire Belly refers to the orange-red colouration on their underside. They make excellent pets and … More Fire Bellied Toad Care