Citizen Science: Creating An Urban Wildlife Refuge

In September of last year, the Transition Year students, of Drimnagh Castle school, asked the Herpetological Society of Ireland to discuss the building of a wildlife pond for their declining local frog population. The original breeding grounds, the moat around the old castle building, had been ravaged by pollution and the introduction of predatory fish. An action plan was compiled under … More Citizen Science: Creating An Urban Wildlife Refuge

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

How Tabloids Hurt Wildlife…And You.

“If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.” Thomas Sowell. The Oxford English Dictionary defines journalism as: “The activity or profession of writing for newspapers or magazines or of broadcasting news on radio or television”. Unfortunately, the realities of contemporary journalism are … More How Tabloids Hurt Wildlife…And You.

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