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# biodiversity - Today’s News

€17 million needed to save Ireland’s most threatened birds says BirdWatch Ireland
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

€17 million needed to save Ireland’s most threatened birds says BirdWatch Ireland

2 hours ago 5,042 Views 20 Comments

The organisation says that several ground nesting birds are at risk of extinction without funding for conservation schemes.

# biodiversity - Friday 20 May, 2022

The Bee Guy: On World Bee Day, let's not just focus on the honey bees
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

The Bee Guy: On World Bee Day, let's not just focus on the honey bees

Updated Fri 10:09 AM 14,855 Views 6 Comments

Paul Handrick says time is running out for wild bees but there’s lots we can do to help.

# biodiversity - Saturday 14 May, 2022

New Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity loss officially launched at first meeting today
# Planting A Seed
# Planting A Seed

New Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity loss officially launched at first meeting today

Updated May 14th 2022, 7:25 PM 13,611 Views 17 Comments

Over the next six months, a citizens’ assembly will hear evidence and made recommendations for the good of Ireland’s biodiversity.

# biodiversity - Wednesday 27 April, 2022

At least one in five reptile species threatened by extinction in biodiversity crisis
# Decline
# Decline

At least one in five reptile species threatened by extinction in biodiversity crisis

Apr 27th 2022, 9:59 PM 10,159 Views 8 Comments

Before now, researchers did not have a comprehensive picture of the risk to reptiles.

# biodiversity - Monday 18 April, 2022

The Bee Guy: Diary of a mother bumble bee stuck at the window
# Help Them Out
# Help Them Out

The Bee Guy: Diary of a mother bumble bee stuck at the window

Apr 18th 2022, 9:00 PM 21,150 Views 11 Comments

Paul Handrick charts the story of that one bee you hear tapping at the window to get out, and he asks us to help her escape.

# biodiversity - Saturday 9 April, 2022

'One of the most important and defining issues': Citizens' assembly on biodiversity launched
# Get Set
# Get Set

'One of the most important and defining issues': Citizens' assembly on biodiversity launched

Apr 9th 2022, 2:15 PM 20,307 Views 15 Comments

A citizens’ assembly on Dublin’s governance will also begin this afternoon.

# biodiversity - Thursday 7 April, 2022

Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

Peat pressure: Industrial peat extraction in enforcement firing line

Apr 7th 2022, 12:05 AM 24,430 Views 7 Comments
  • Historic problems in enforcement of large-scale peat extraction in Ireland has led to the loss of precious bog, writes Niall Sargent
  • Noteworthy investigates the case of Harte Peat found to be operating in breach of EU law
  • 12 other peat extractors are now also subject to ongoing EPA enforcement action

# biodiversity - Friday 1 April, 2022

'Incredibly difficult' to prosecute people for starting illegal fires, Heritage Minister says
# Wildfire
# Wildfire

'Incredibly difficult' to prosecute people for starting illegal fires, Heritage Minister says

Apr 1st 2022, 9:15 AM 9,972 Views 13 Comments

Malcolm Noonan yesterday condemned an illegal 300-hectare fire in Wicklow Mountains National Park.

# biodiversity - Saturday 26 March, 2022

The Bee Guy: The girls are back in town - tips for helping the bumblebee queens
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

The Bee Guy: The girls are back in town - tips for helping the bumblebee queens

Mar 26th 2022, 8:00 AM 29,716 Views 9 Comments

Paul Handrick has some helpful advice for keeping queen bumblebees alive if you see them in trouble.

# biodiversity - Monday 21 February, 2022

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How are public maintenance works impacting river biodiversity?
# Audio
# Audio

The Explainer x Noteworthy: How are public maintenance works impacting river biodiversity?

Feb 21st 2022, 1:15 PM 2,920 Views 1 Comment

Noteworthy’s Anthea Lacchia and An Taisce’s Elaine McGoff tell Susan Daly about how arterial drainage works are changing our waterways.

# biodiversity - Sunday 20 February, 2022

Breaking the Banks: 'Vicious circle' of public works 'degrading' Ireland's rivers
# Investigation
# Investigation

Breaking the Banks: 'Vicious circle' of public works 'degrading' Ireland's rivers

Feb 20th 2022, 12:05 AM 30,877 Views 15 Comments
  • While the Office of Public Works (OPW) says it is reducing the impact of arterial drainage work, waterways and their habitats “are still suffering”, reports Anthea Lacchia
  • This investigation by Noteworthy reveals recent OPW maintenance work occurred outside tree cutting season
  • A quarter of audits of these OPW works last year failed to obtain a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ score

# biodiversity - Friday 11 February, 2022

Koalas declared endangered in eastern Australia amid disease and habitat loss

Koalas declared endangered in eastern Australia amid disease and habitat loss

Feb 11th 2022, 12:34 PM 6,708 Views 12 Comments

Koala populations in New South Wales have fallen by 33%-61% since 2001.

# biodiversity - Wednesday 9 February, 2022

'Immediate steps' should be taken to protect Ireland's hedgerows, committee to hear
# Emergency
# Emergency

'Immediate steps' should be taken to protect Ireland's hedgerows, committee to hear

Feb 9th 2022, 6:00 AM 17,957 Views 19 Comments

The Agriculture Committee will hear from participants on hedgerows and the draft CAP Strategic Plan.

# biodiversity - Tuesday 8 February, 2022

New citizens' assembly on biodiversity to meet for the first time in April
# Crisis
# Crisis

New citizens' assembly on biodiversity to meet for the first time in April

Feb 8th 2022, 5:46 PM 4,554 Views 5 Comments

Cabinet approved two new citizens’ assemblies on biodiversity and Dublin’s local governance at a meeting this afternoon.

# biodiversity - Saturday 5 February, 2022

Quiz: Which Irish flower is this?
# Quiz
# Quiz

Quiz: Which Irish flower is this?

Feb 5th 2022, 10:00 PM 38,850 Views 10 Comments

The Taoiseach said this week that he plans to bring a proposal to Cabinet to form a citizens’ assembly on biodiversity “shortly”.

Opinion: A citizen's assembly is one of many steps necessary to preserve Ireland's biodiversity
# Climate Emergency
# Climate Emergency

Opinion: A citizen's assembly is one of many steps necessary to preserve Ireland's biodiversity

Feb 5th 2022, 7:00 AM 6,922 Views 2 Comments

The Fianna Fáil TD welcomes news this week that Cabinet is to consider a citizen’s assembly on biodiversity.

# biodiversity - Wednesday 2 February, 2022

Taoiseach to bring proposal to Cabinet to form citizens' assembly on biodiversity
# Emergency
# Emergency

Taoiseach to bring proposal to Cabinet to form citizens' assembly on biodiversity

Feb 2nd 2022, 3:47 PM 5,303 Views 8 Comments

Campaigners have been waiting for the assembly to be called since a biodiversity emergency was declared in 2019.

# biodiversity - Thursday 20 January, 2022

Horticultural peat unlawfully removed ‘much like rock from a quarry’, High Court hears
# Peat Extraction
# Peat Extraction

Horticultural peat unlawfully removed ‘much like rock from a quarry’, High Court hears

Jan 20th 2022, 7:00 PM 20,932 Views 0 Comments

Environmental Protection Agency is seeking an injunction against Harte Peat Ltd to halt peat extraction in Westmeath.

# biodiversity - Tuesday 4 January, 2022

Pippa Hackett: We need to move fast to improve our forestry cover in Ireland
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

Pippa Hackett: We need to move fast to improve our forestry cover in Ireland

Jan 4th 2022, 7:00 AM 20,163 Views 46 Comments

The Minister of State for Agriculture says Ireland is falling in its targets on forestry but the government plans to accelerate progress this year.

# biodiversity - Sunday 2 January, 2022

Special branch: Over 75 cases of alleged illegal tree felling investigated last year
# Spruced Up
# Spruced Up

Special branch: Over 75 cases of alleged illegal tree felling investigated last year

Jan 2nd 2022, 12:05 AM 33,045 Views 19 Comments
  • Several large-scale cases still open, including the felling of 30 hectares of forest, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
  • Removal of trees to make way for agricultural expansion is a common issue across many cases
  • In several instances, trees were cut down in protected nature areas or on land previously sold to private individuals by Coillte

# biodiversity - Sunday 26 December, 2021

Rare hen harrier numbers plummet as plan to protect species pushed back
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Rare hen harrier numbers plummet as plan to protect species pushed back

Dec 26th 2021, 8:30 AM 25,533 Views 10 Comments

Only 18 pairs of the rare raptor species reared chicks this year in areas designated to protect it – the most unproductive year on record.

# biodiversity - Monday 20 December, 2021

Crackdown sees 50 cases launched against illegal hedge cutting this year
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

Crackdown sees 50 cases launched against illegal hedge cutting this year

Dec 20th 2021, 12:05 AM 44,107 Views 18 Comments
  • Huge crackdown on illegal cutting during bird nesting season over the past two years, writes Niall Sargent of Noteworthy
  • Since 2020, the wildlife service has taken as many cases to court as it did between 2010 and 2019
  • Over €45,000 was paid by guilty parties in fines, costs and donations to charities this year alone

# biodiversity - Monday 29 November, 2021

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law
# Peat Sake
# Peat Sake

New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law

Nov 29th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,967 Views 31 Comments
  • Legal experts argue that new peat legislation disregards strict EU environmental law, writes Niall Sargent as part of Noteworthy investigation of peat extraction
  • Bill would give planning exemption to peat extraction for horticulture and pause any ongoing enforcement action until at least 2026
  • Peatland experts are also concerned the Bill is ' not compatible' with our climate action goals

# biodiversity - Monday 25 October, 2021

Opinion: Young people are demanding action on climate and biodiversity, we can't let them down
# Bulbsforbees
# Bulbsforbees

Opinion: Young people are demanding action on climate and biodiversity, we can't let them down

Oct 25th 2021, 7:00 PM 16,276 Views 58 Comments

Yvonne McKenna of Gaisce outlines their plans to encourage biodiversity by asking the public to plant bulbs for the bees.

# biodiversity - Wednesday 13 October, 2021

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What is the issue with farm subsidies and nature?
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What is the issue with farm subsidies and nature?

Updated Oct 13th 2021, 12:31 PM 5,570 Views 1 Comment

Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent and journalist Ella McSweeney tell Susan Daly how agri-subsidies are encouraging farmers to cut back on nature.

# biodiversity - Tuesday 12 October, 2021

'It is urgent': 'Frustration' that still no date set for Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity
# Nature
# Nature

'It is urgent': 'Frustration' that still no date set for Citizens' Assembly on biodiversity

Oct 12th 2021, 12:05 AM 5,126 Views 3 Comments
  • This planned Citizens' Assembly is currently "under discussion at a senior level" between two government departments.
  • Environmentalists have said it's "frustrating" to still be awaiting a timeline for the assembly.
  • Ireland declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2019.

# biodiversity - Thursday 7 October, 2021

Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature
# Cash Cow
# Cash Cow

Land grab: How agri-subsidies encourage farmers to cut back on nature

Oct 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 25,557 Views 42 Comments
  • The EU's multi-billion euro farm subsidy model is driving up emissions & hitting nature hard, writes Niall Sargent and Ella McSweeney in new Noteworthy investigation
  • Irish farmers are being financially penalised for maintaining biodiversity hotspots
  • €100 billion of farm subsidies for climate action have had little impact on emissions, EU audit finds

# biodiversity - Wednesday 29 September, 2021

Taoiseach disagrees with revoking free parking for former politicians at Leinster House
# Free Parking
# Free Parking

Taoiseach disagrees with revoking free parking for former politicians at Leinster House

Sep 29th 2021, 6:47 PM 30,437 Views 31 Comments

There have been calls to restore the Leinster House garden at the Kildare Street entrance, which is now a car park for members.

# biodiversity - Saturday 11 September, 2021

Opinion: Five changes you can make to guide your children to a greener life
# Climate Emergency
# Climate Emergency

Opinion: Five changes you can make to guide your children to a greener life

Sep 11th 2021, 8:30 AM 12,543 Views 12 Comments

David Maher from SOLAS in Co Laois shares his tips on how we can teach children to live sustainably.

# biodiversity - Friday 3 September, 2021

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to halt the decline of our precious biodiversity?
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

The Explainer x Noteworthy: What can be done to halt the decline of our precious biodiversity?

Sep 3rd 2021, 12:56 PM 2,371 Views 1 Comment

Noteworthy’s Niall Sargent tells Susan Daly how the race is on to save iconic species like the puffin and curlew – and even save ourselves.

# biodiversity - Saturday 28 August, 2021

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact
# Biodiversity
# Biodiversity

Funding failure: Most of Ireland's biodiversity spend goes on schemes that have little impact

Aug 28th 2021, 9:15 AM 14,063 Views 10 Comments

Ireland’s overall spending on biodiversity protection is also under internationally-accepted levels.

# biodiversity - Friday 27 August, 2021

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it
# Endangered Species
# Endangered Species

Loss of Ireland's biodiversity is accelerating - and we're missing the chance to halt it

Aug 27th 2021, 12:05 AM 24,730 Views 40 Comments
  • A host of iconic Irish species and habitats are under threat, writes Niall Sargent in first part of Noteworthy's investigation into biodiversity loss
  • Virtually none of our protected nature areas have management plans
  • An expert forum has labelled the State as the “biggest transgressor of environmental law in Ireland”

# biodiversity - Saturday 10 July, 2021

Opinion: Bees and agriculture need each other - we should class bees as livestock to protect them
# Bees
# Bees

Opinion: Bees and agriculture need each other - we should class bees as livestock to protect them

Jul 10th 2021, 7:00 AM 11,685 Views 21 Comments

Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan argues that protecting bees should be a priority for the Department of Agriculture.

# biodiversity - Saturday 26 June, 2021

Lice, infectious disease and taking reef fish: The impact of salmon farms on marine biodiversity
# Troubled Waters
# Troubled Waters

Lice, infectious disease and taking reef fish: The impact of salmon farms on marine biodiversity

Jun 26th 2021, 9:15 AM 14,321 Views 10 Comments
  • State holds limited details on disease outbreaks and mortality rates at salmon farms, reports Niall Sargent of Noteworthy, our investigative platform
  • Little regulation of wild wrasse fishing for use as cleaner fish on farms despite potential marine impacts
  • Experts warn Ireland lacks baseline data to effectively monitor for salmon farm escapes

# biodiversity - Saturday 5 June, 2021

Opinion: Our bee sanctuary is wild, messy and beautiful - and it's protecting biodiversity
# No Honey Here
# No Honey Here

Opinion: Our bee sanctuary is wild, messy and beautiful - and it's protecting biodiversity

Jun 5th 2021, 8:30 AM 19,841 Views 18 Comments

Paul Handrick runs ‘the only true bee sanctuary on the planet’ in county Wicklow and before you ask, no, they don’t produce honey.

# biodiversity - Monday 22 February, 2021

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

'Whole ditches disappearing overnight': hedgerows falling foul to larger farms

Feb 22nd 2021, 8:30 PM 75,979 Views 23 Comments

Noteworthy finds biodiversity in a battle with some farming practices – and a low level of accountability demanded by the Department of Agriculture.

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk
# Shear Force
# Shear Force

3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk

Feb 22nd 2021, 12:05 AM 46,772 Views 60 Comments

Noteworthy discovers rich hedgerow resource cut back by local authorities during bird nesting season.

# biodiversity - Tuesday 24 November, 2020

Major leisure and biodiversity centre in Booterstown refused planning permission over pollution concerns
# Dublin Bay
# Dublin Bay

Major leisure and biodiversity centre in Booterstown refused planning permission over pollution concerns

Nov 24th 2020, 10:33 AM 18,341 Views 9 Comments

The site is located opposite the former Tara Towers Hotel on the Merrion Road.

# biodiversity - Monday 26 October, 2020

'David vs Goliath': why individuals are challenging Ireland's forestry licences
# Spruced Up
# Spruced Up

'David vs Goliath': why individuals are challenging Ireland's forestry licences

Oct 26th 2020, 7:30 AM 63,765 Views 27 Comments

We look at thousands of forestry applications and appeal decisions to reveal deep problems in the quality of environmental assessments.

# biodiversity - Sunday 25 October, 2020

Ireland's tree-planting policies are bad news for biodiversity
# Spruced Up
# Spruced Up

Ireland's tree-planting policies are bad news for biodiversity

Oct 25th 2020, 12:05 AM 69,959 Views 67 Comments

Analysis reveals licences for conifer plantations still being granted on biodiversity-rich areas and precious peat soils.

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