Swifts go to Gaol.

June 18th, 2020|Categories: News, Uncategorised|Tags: |

Interview By David Medcalf, Wicklow People, 18th June 2020.   They are really remarkable little creatures. Small enough to fit through a hole the size of crème egg, swifts unravel their wings [...]

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October Rowan Fest

October 1st, 2019|Categories: Migration, Winter|

In early autumn, from late July onwards, Blackbirds take to the shrubs and bushes, often appearing clumsy on outer branches, laden with fruit. They are attracted to the procession of ripening berries [...]

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Ashford Honey Festival, enjoying the buzz.

September 16th, 2019|Categories: News, Uncategorised|Tags: |

The third Ashford Honey Festival took place on Saturday, 21st September in the Seamus Heaney Community Centre, Ashford, Co Wicklow. Eanna Ní Lamhna enjoys the festival with the Irish Garden Birds [...]

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House Martins, master builders?

July 26th, 2019|Categories: Nest, News, Young Birds|

House Martins gather up mud (c.Oran O'Sullivan) Summer showers, heavy but not too prolonged, are ideal weather conditions in an otherwise dry, hot summer for two of our summer visitors. Swallow and [...]

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Swifts return

May 9th, 2019|Categories: Migration, News, Swifts|Tags: |

Perhaps the most iconic and intriguing of our urban bird species, Swifts are a small migratory bird that visit Ireland each year to nest. They travel from southern Africa where they have [...]

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Knocking on Wood

February 25th, 2019|Categories: Biodiversity, News|

Knocking on Wood: a Great Spotted Woodpecker (c. OOS) That precious extra hour or so of winter ending daylight is really noticable now, especially when the weather is dry and bright. Though [...]

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Starling Murmurations

February 12th, 2019|Categories: Murmuration, Starlings, Winter|

Coilin Mac Lochlainn reports on the winter phenomenon that is a Starling Murmuration I went to Nobber, Co Meath, on February 6th 2019 to view a starling murmuration and to try to [...]

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Sparrows round the house

September 25th, 2018|Categories: Garden, Nest|Tags: , |

The male House Sparrow is a smart combination of grey, chestnut and black. (c. Oran O'Sullivan) Sparrows, like Robins, give us a sense of companionship around the garden. During the [...]

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Summer sun worship

June 9th, 2018|Categories: Garden|Tags: , |

It's not unusual for folk to indulge themselves and relax in a sunny place to soak up the suns rays, at this time of the year, having first applied protective sun screen, [...]

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The ABC project

May 31st, 2018|Categories: News, Pollinators|Tags: , |

When Brian O’Reilly, the Rector of St. Saviours Church, Rathdrum approached local resident Oran O’Sullivan with an idea to improve matters for local wildlife, it seemed a natural thing to do.  Walking [...]

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