Spring Gentian – Wildflower of Limestone Landscapes

As we left the stump of the once impressive round tower behind and began our gentle climb towards Teampall Bheanáin above, we came upon several little groups of the gorgeous Spring Gentian. A flower of the Burren, its Aran Island outposts and a few sites in north...

Wildflowers Delayed due to Cold

Out for a woodland walk at the weekend, I noticed how delayed the arrival of seasonal wildflowers has been. The very cold spring (even last night, temperatures around the country were barely 1 to 4C) has resulted in few wildflowers in bloom to enjoy. Here are some...

I Love Bog Pools on Walking Holidays

Bog pools, large and small, dot the peat covered terrain of Mayo, from down in the valleys to the very top of our 700m+ mountains. I love them. They are a regular feature of our walking holidays and are especially evocative when you can see the sea from standing by...

White Tailed Eagle Weekend

On Friday last, I tweeted the following : “Not 1 but 2 WT Eagles above me in Killarney NP ! I will die happy.” I was out walking around the lakes in Kerry, under the cover of mostly oak trees. When I emerged from beneath early summer’s developing...

Litter

Even as I begin this blog post, I’m apologising. To the many of you who never ever litter, I am sorry. Litter in the countryside really annoys me. Here’s a pointless question – does anybody know why some people throw litter ? There are two types of...

Wildlife Surveying in Mayo

This Saturday a number of organisations will be participating in what should prove an interesting event in Mayo. Birdwatch Ireland, the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and others will be present from 10 am to 4 pm at the Pontoon Bridge Hotel, informing visitors of...