What Now for the Wild Nephin Farce?

What Now for the Wild Nephin Farce?

Coillte has exited, so what now for the ‘Wild Nephin’ farce? Farce (n); a broadly humorous play based on … improbable situations; a ludicrous situation or action. [Collins] And so, just 8 years on, Coillte has exited stage left. Back in December 2009,...
Exposing the “Wild Nephin” Charade

Exposing the “Wild Nephin” Charade

Wild Nephin, states Coillte, would “involve taking 4,400 hectares out of … commercial forest operation and rewilding this land, improving habitat and landscape quality over a 15 year period. The eventual intention … protecting a landscape of scale...

The Western Way in Winter

I love winter. OK, I prefer a dry, crisp, fresh winter to a sodden, rainy, mucky winter. But since we have far more of the latter than the former, I make do with it. Today, I went on a 7-hour cycle and hike along The Western Way, through Ireland’s largest tract...

Schizophrenic Coillte

I regularly bring groups walking on Coillte managed land. Although virtually exclusively non-native afforestation, nevertheless these habitats do support a range of wildlife and afford good long off-road walking routes. You can ‘get lost’ in these huge...