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Sunday 24 September 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Biodiversity

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3,000 kilometres cut in three years: Ireland's hedgerow heritage at risk
Noteworthy discovers rich hedgerow resource cut back by local authorities during bird nesting season.
Major leisure and biodiversity centre in Booterstown refused planning permission over pollution concerns
The site is located opposite the former Tara Towers Hotel on the Merrion Road.
'David vs Goliath': why individuals are challenging Ireland's forestry licences
We look at thousands of forestry applications and appeal decisions to reveal deep problems in the quality of environmental assessments.
Ireland's tree-planting policies are bad news for biodiversity
Analysis reveals licences for conifer plantations still being granted on biodiversity-rich areas and precious peat soils.
Trinity College plants new wildflower meadow on College Green
The lawn’s conversion to a wildflower meadow follows a survey of staff, students and the public earlier this year.
Quiz: How well do you know Ireland's national parks?
Were you nurtured on our nature?
Build a bird bath or install a pond? This new free government guide will show how to promote wildlife in your garden
Dublin residents can order a hard copy of the guide from Dublin City Council, or view it online.
Reduce mowing and phasing out chemicals: Dublin City Council's plans for 'wilding' of landscape
The council said that many parks, and all playgrounds, are now chemical-free.
Leinster House lawn to get Irish wildflowers and bee boxes
City and county councils have been doing other work to help save the bees, including ‘rewilding’ parts of parks and lawns.
'We should not let them go extinct': A conservation officer at the Botanic Gardens on how we can help save the planet
Following a UN report and Ireland’s declaration of a climate emergency, why is biodiversity crucial to the survival of our planet?
Animals and plants are disappearing faster than at any other time in human history, and it's happening in Ireland too
A recent UN report has pointed to the huge threats to biodiversity across the globe.
What does the Dáil's declaration of a climate emergency actually mean?
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said this move will put pressure on the government to be more ambitious with its policies.
'We're in trouble': Landmark UN report details unprecedented decline in nature
Over one million animal and plant species are now at risk of extinction.
Asian Clam invasion prompts Longford angling ban
“An aggressive alien invasive species.”
Opinion: Deforestation isn't just changing our climate, it could be destroying life-saving medicines
The impact on the local biodiversity in the deforested areas is detrimental and potentially irreversible.
Plan to increase Ireland's agricultural output could cause harm to environment
A report commissioned by the Government claims that the negative effects can be mitigated but green groups are concerned.
First 'Urban BioBlitz' to be held in Ireland tomorrow
Notebooks at the ready, as people are encouraged to catalogue the wildlife species in Limerick city and surrounding areas, tomorrow and Saturday.
Explainer: How do you turn a landfill into a park?
Waterford has one, and Cork will have one soon: A former landfill that is now a huge park. But how do you turn a huge mound of rubbish into a green space?
Ireland now has the 'second-smallest' forest area in Europe
Just 10 per cent of Ireland’s land is now forest – one of the smallest in Europe proportionally – which experts say will have a substantial impact on biodiversity.
In pictures: Ireland's 'most unwanted' list of invasive species
But what should you do if you see any of them? Read on…
Your guide to: The turf cutting restrictions
Hundreds of turf cutters have stepped up their protesting this week. But what are they protesting about? We bring you both sides in this contentious issue.
Over 31,000 different species call Ireland home
The first ever inventory of the country’s biodiversity shows that tens of thousands of different species exist in the country today – but not all of their futures are certain.