Have you Herd

The grass is certainly greener for these cows as they head to their retirement in Hillside animal sanctuary in Norfolk. Jill Smith from Carrigaline in Cork, made the decision to coincide with her own retirement and its believed to be the first…

Hope

An emotional and prise winning image created by artist Stephen Burgess from Buckinghamshire has won the 2017 MS Amlin World Art Vote prize organised by National Open Art. The painting which was inspired by an image taken from a helicopter is…

Seahorse Trash

My daughter showed me a photograph last night which really moved me. You have all probably seen it by now, it was taken by nature photographer Justin Hofman while out snorkelling off the coast of the Indonesian Island of Sumbawa last year. He…
Seabed pollution

Are you finished with plastic bottles yet?

Seabed pollution is a massive problem now facing the world. That everyday item, the plastic bottle, is a short lived disposable that takes hundreds of years to decompose, affecting animals and plants in its final resting place in our landfills…
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Today Kate Winslet would have been floating on a piece of plastic!

Climate change has been brought to the front of people’s minds recently thanks to the fantastic Leonardo Di Caprio. I admire him so much for not only his amazing acting skills, ( I have been a fan since Titantic and I still say there was room…
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How One Person can Help Change the Future

More and more people are coming to realise that our planet is an ecosystem, a community of living organisms which survives in conjunction with the non-living components of the environment. They also see that every action we take has consequences…
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Are we finally starting to clean up the giant ocean garbage patches?

Two years ago, a Dutch teenager, Boyan Slat, came up with an idea to help clean up the massive patches of plastic rubbish that are killing marine life and ruining the oceans.  I have to admit to being a little sceptical because any mechanical…
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Natural Insect Repellent Part 2

Natural mosquito and midge repellents A while back I posted about the wild leek being a great natural mosquito repellent. It can be a little tricky to find though so here are some other natural ways to keep the bites away. While Summer is…
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Using seawater to end droughts.

With climate change really starting to bite we are beginning to hear a lot more about water shortages and severe droughts in the developed world as well as across Africa and less well off parts of Asia. California is in the grip of a drought…
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Natural Insect Repellent

Someone was telling me about US educational programme "The Walking Dead" the other day from, which they gleaned this great little tidbit for walkers (hill walkers, not zombies): wild leek is a great natural mosquito repellent. We're not quite…
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Canal Walks in Ireland

As the canals of Ireland gradually open up, we're getting to see a side of the country that was hidden for most of the twentieth century. In the 1970s a campaign was fought and won to stop the Grand Canal from being paved over and turned…
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The Hydrogen Car Finally Has a Real Chance.

Yes, yes, I know I'm a nerd but graphene is probably my favourite substance. Simply put it's an ultra-thin, ultra-strong layer of carbon in a honeycomb lattice. It's not perfect but it is giving us new ways to approach problems that we thought…
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You might be surprised at what you're eating...

We don't believe that all chemicals are inherently bad and in fact if you listed off all the things that a banana is made from it makes it sound pretty terrifying. That said, plastics companies are playing a bit of a game with us and using some…
Supplementary squirrel feeding image from Tollymore Red Squirrel Group

Helping out our wildlife this winter.

Whether or not you believe in the predictions of Met Éireann or a certain Donegal postman, there's a good chance of a cold winter (because it's winter...) and even a couple of freezing weeks can be a problem for our wildlife. It might be harder…