Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found....

Rhododendron threat raised in Dáil

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has claimed that the spread of rhododendron in Killarney National Park is so bad that the army may have to be called in to sort it out. Speaking during this evening's Topical Issues debate in the Dáil, Mr Healy-Rae appealed for more...

Invader threat Killarney National Park from rhododendron

Monday, January 30, 2017 Rhododendron is a threat to Ireland’s first national park, writes Donal Hickey Anyone who cares to look can see obvious threats to Ireland’s first national park from the invasive species, rhododendron. In the wake of a recent call by the Irish...

Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’

The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found....

Rhododendron threat raised in Dáil

Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae has claimed that the spread of rhododendron in Killarney National Park is so bad that the army may have to be called in to sort it out. Speaking during this evening's Topical Issues debate in the Dáil, Mr Healy-Rae appealed for more...

Invader threat Killarney National Park from rhododendron

Monday, January 30, 2017 Rhododendron is a threat to Ireland’s first national park, writes Donal Hickey Anyone who cares to look can see obvious threats to Ireland’s first national park from the invasive species, rhododendron. In the wake of a recent call by the Irish...

Call for Killarney National Park to lose ‘biosphere’ status

 Killarney National Park in the PRESS. Green party leader Eamon Ryan has backed the call on Unesco by the Irish Wildlife Trust to have world biosphere reserve status withdrawn from Killarney National Park. MORE... The leader of the Green Party says Kerry TDs should be...

Environmentalism is a duty… not an interest…

Sir David Attenborough tells George Monbiot that the British public is better informed about the environment than ever before, in part thanks to television. He discusses his new programme on the titanosaur – a subset of dinosaurs that can reach 37m in length. He also...

National Biodiversity Action Plan Public Consultation

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs invites views on the next National Biodiversity Action Plan, Ireland’s third, for conserving and restoring Ireland’s biodiversity.  This document sets out a plan, from 2017 to 2021, through which a...

Background

Conservation ranger Peter O’Toole stands in a clearing at Killarney National Park and looks at the rhododendron seedlings poking above the ground. Ten years ago specialist contractors liberated this site from a dense entanglement of the invasive plant and it’s now...

Just Forests launches campaign to Save Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is on the brink of ecocide. An ecological disaster is taking place in the first national park to be established in the State. One of the world’s oldest oak forests is slowly dying. The rhododendron infestation and increased deer population...