Fed up with urban smog? 5 pollution-resistant plants to help you breathe

As the government pledges the funding of millions of trees in cities to ease pollution, an expert offers a guide to 5 smog-resistant plants.

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Islands of Ireland: Crow Island cable car was first

Dan McCarthy learns more about the cable car on Crow Island.

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Richard Collins: This will poke your thinking on bird brain crows

In The Descent of Man, Darwin claimed chimpanzees use tools. Nobody believed him at the time. Long after his death, however, great apes were filmed using stones ...

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Damien Enright: This flier got land, many others are arriving in scores

When we arrived home in west Cork on this day last week, it was 3am Monday morning.

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Donal Hickey: Protect our Irish hares

A welcome spotlight is being put on criminality against Irish hares, one of our emblematic wild animals and steeped in mythology, writes Donal Hickey.

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Reasons to embrace bareroot season

November can be the perfect month to tackle planting or moving shrubs and trees, writes FiannÓ Nualláin.

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Give it a céad míle fuchsia in the garden

Peter Dowdall says now is as good a time as any to lay a hedge which plays a vital role in our environment.

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Watch: Supervet to the rescue of stranded swan in Dublin

Hardly one to get in a flap when confronted with a wild animal, the "Supervet" turned superhero for a 'swandering' bird in central Dublin this afternoon.

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No berries on your plants this year? It may be down to the birds and the bees

Many plants need partners to bear fruit. Hannah Stephenson looks at the types which need male and females planted together, and those which don’t.

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Islands of Ireland: What constitutes an island?

The subject of what constitutes an island cropped on this page a few week’s ago in reference to the minute Flea Island in West Cork.

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DONAL HICKEY: Eel fishing is slipping away

Those of us who grew up when the rivers of Ireland were full of fish understood the term, “as slippery as an eel”.

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Richard Collins: Red alert issued on friendly green finch

The green linnet, alias the greenfinch, deserves such lavish praise; the male, in his green array, has bright-yellow wing-bars and tail-fringes.

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Damien Enright: I lived near Ibiza’s national park and I didn’t even know it

I lived near Ibiza’s national park and I didn’t even know it

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Let ideas take root

Now is the ideal time to look at ideas for garden space – and Bloom is the perfect inspiration writes Peter Dowdall

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Seasonal rose hips are a great natural source of vitamin C

Fiann Ó Nualláin says he likes to pick his rose hips now as they often go into decline once the first cold snap of the year hits them

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5 last-minute garden jobs to do before winter arrives

It’s almost time to batten the hatches before winter arrives – but you still have time to do five last-minute garden jobs to beat the winter chill.

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A lot more to Ibiza than foam discos and cocktails

IT’S A beautiful day and we look out on a bay full of ferries coming and going and honking and hooting and waking us up earlier than we usually wake: they ...

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We may have to kill off the deadly mosquito

LUGNANO is a municipality in Italy’s Umbrian region. Archaeologists, working in La Necropoli dei Bambini (the Cemetery of the Babies) there this summer, found ...

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The islands of Ireland: Moynish Beg a sinking feeling

THE obliteration of the Hawaiian East Island in Hurricane Walaka in the last few weeks serves as a timely reminder to the vulnerability of many low-lying islands, ...

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Ireland needs to branch out its forestry

IT USED to be said in olden times that a squirrel could travel from Cork to Killarney, Co Kerry, without once touching the ground, such was the extent of woodland, ...

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A ladybird in the hand... The value of our scarlet friends

The ladybird does much more than toxic pesticides you might be thinking of using, writes Peter Dowdall.

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Top designers' advice on garden colour to blow the blues away

Want your outdoor space to shine through autumn? Hannah Stephenson asks designers to share some tricks of the trade.

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Restless souls or natural wonder? Unravelling the world’s greatest butterfly migration

Every November, millions of monarch butterflies descend on a small forest in Mexico. Sarah Marshall witnesses one of the world’s greatest journeys.

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7 design hacks to enhance your garden as the nights draw in

Want your outdoor space to shine through autumn? Hannah Stephenson asks designers to share some tricks of the trade.

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Department hopes myxo threat to doesn't spread to Irish hares

Wildlife groups and the Department of Agriculture are hoping what appears to be a deadly form of myxomatosis in brown hares in Britain will not reach our shores.

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The Islands of Ireland: MacDermott’s castle in the air

The crows are the kings of Castle Island. Multitudes of them idle in the trees, screeching, or maraud around the battlements. This dark avian display adds to the ...

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Greater efficiency in nitrogen use is essential

I would dearly love, on this fine autumn morning, to write about the glory of the trees in their mantles of gold leaves, of the sun piercing through the branches ...

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Savannah sparrows tune in to artificial songs

Human babies pick up language by listening to their parents and siblings. Most songbirds seem to do the same.

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