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December 2012

Dec 3, 2012
US Navy's mine-hunting dolphins will be replaced by robots in 2017

The US navy is set to replace its team of mine-tracking dolphins with under-water robots, but reassignment rather than redundancy awaits the military pod. Starting in 2017, 24 of the Navy's 80 military-trained dolphins will be replaced by a 12-ft (3.6-metres) unmanned torpedo-shaped vehicle.


November 2012

Nov 16, 2012
Jaguars and monkeys to be cloned in Brazil

Scientists in Brazil are to clone wild animals, including the jaguar and breeds of monkey, wolf and deer, to try to save them from extinction. Experts at Brasilia Zoo, who have already successfully cloned cows and horses, are hoping to start creating their first copy of a wild animal next month.


Nov 14, 2012
Australia's Tasmanian devils to get fresh start on new island

A group of Tasmanian devils will be transferred to a small Australian island to start what is hoped will be a self-sustaining population, free from the diseases that have devastated their species. The Maria Island translocation is designed to establish a self-sustaining population of healthy wild devils.


Nov, 2012
Greater bamboo lemur removed from most endangered list

The greater bamboo lemur has been removed from the list of the 25 most endangered primates thanks to efforts of the The Aspinall Foundation, Conservation International and others in Madagascar.


Nov 7, 2012
Four cases of Chalara Ash Dieback confirmed in Ireland

After initial reports of Ireland’s first case of Chalara Ash Dieback Disease from a plantation in Co. Leitrim last month, another three cases, from Meath, Monaghan and Galway, have now been confirmed. The trees are all thought to originate from a consignment of 33,000 ash saplings imported from The Netherlands around three years ago.


October 2012

Oct 25, 2012
Birth of grey seal twins could be a world first for the Farne Islands

Grey seal twins have been born on the Farne Islands to create what appears to be a world first. There are no previous confirmed instances of grey seals giving birth to twins. However, the National Trust wardens who look after the Farne Islands are 99.9 per cent sure they have such a case on their hands. They now hope to carry out blood tests on the pups to get DNA genetic confirmation of their find.


Oct 25, 2012
Letter re Protecting the Irish hare

While welcoming Minister for Arts and Heritage Jimmy Deenihan’s consideration of a ban on the hunting of Kerry red deer and the curlew, I would urge him to go a step further, because this is the same Minister who a few months ago issued a licence permitting the capture of hares in our countryside for live coursing events.


Oct 22, 2012
Hunting of Kerry red hinds, and the curlew, banned

Hunting of one of Ireland’s most ancient species, the Kerry red deer, has been outlawed. Meanwhile, a separate ban has been imposed on the curlew as the wading bird is red-listed as a globally threatened species.
Review of the Open Seasons Order for Deer
Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has commenced a review of the Open Season Order for deer species. As part of the review, a public consultation process is underway whereby interested parties are been asked for their views. The National Parks and Wildlife service invites submissions from interested members of the public and organisations. Submissions should be sent by email to or by post to Species Protection Unit, National Parks and Wildlife Service, 7 Ely Pace, Dublin 2
The deadline for submissions is Friday 16 November 2012


Oct 22, 2012
Pesticides put bumblebee colonies at risk of failure

Pesticides used in farming are also killing worker bumblebees and damaging their ability to gather food, meaning colonies that are vital for plant pollination are more likely to fail when they are used.


Oct 17, 2012
'limited knowledge' of how climate change causes extinction

Scientists have 'limited knowledge' of how climate change causes extinction. Review finds loss of plants and animals due to global warming is already widespread, but the causes are poorly understood


September 2012

Sept 13, 2012
Pine Marten Post Release Monitoring Project - AND THEY'RE OFF!!

Sporting their new collars the Martens have taken to the hills, follow their progress here..


Sept 7, 2012
Fruit growers are once again be permitted to shoot flying-foxes

Threatened Species Day is marked this year by the re-introduction of government-sanctioned killing of two threatened species in Queensland - Spectacled and Grey-headed flying-foxes


August 2012

August 12, 2012
Pine Marten Rehabilitation and Post Release Monitoring Project

After three orphaned pine martens Martes martes, were rescued in Mayo, the Irish Wildlife Rehablitation Trust, in association with many other individuals and organisations, is facilitating a post-release survival study of two of the martens to see how they fare back in the wild, and to learn more about this elusive mammal. We're looking for volunteers to help with the radio tracking too so see the upcoming events page for details on our radio tracking workshop on the 18th of Aug.


August 4, 2012
Successful Return to Donegal for ‘Shannon’ the otter

When a local family found Shannon, an orphaned otter of no more than 2 months, near the River Leannan in Co. Donegal they contacted Pat Vaughan, their local National Parks and Wildlife Service Conservation Officer. Pat then contacted Emmett Johnston, another NPWS Ranger, who together with local wildlife rehabilitator Killian McLaughlin, got in touch with the Irish Wildlife Rehabilitation Trust for assistance. This started a 14 month process to rear and reintroduce a healthy and happy animal back into her natural habitat...


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July 2012

July 14, 2012
The Ecology of Disease

EcoHealth Alliance is working to uncover the causes of species decline worldwide and research the links between animal and human health.
There's a term biologists and economists use these days — ecosystem services — which refers to the many ways nature supports the human endeavor. Forests filter the water we drink, for example, and birds and bees pollinate crops, both of which have substantial economic as well as biological value. If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back to haunt us in ways we know little about..


July, 2012
New IRISH Vincent Wildlife Trust Website

The Vincent Wildlife Trust has been actively conserving Irish mammals, specifically Ireland’s bat species, since 1991, so we celebrate our 21st birthday here in 2012. What better way to mark this than by providing an Irish VWT website. This website brings together contributions from experts throughout the island of Ireland and we hope it will help to reveal the world of thirteen mammal species, which in turn may assist their conservation and research.


July, 2012
Cornwall's chough came from Ireland

The red-billed chough stands proud on the Cornish coat of arms but the species became extinct in the Duchy in 1947, denuding Cornwall of one of its most charismatic birds and cultural symbols.That was until three choughs of unknown origin appeared in Cornwall in 2001 and founded a new breeding population, restoring the ‘Cornish chough' to its historic home. But where did the three pioneer choughs come from? ..


July 10, 2012
Flying ant survey underway

Scientists from the Society of Biology are attempting to count the number of places flying ants appear in the UK as they swarm across the country during mating flights. It is of high importance that the flights between nests are synchronised; however, the details about how the ants know when to fly remain a mystery. The survey, running throughout July and August, may help to make sense of it by charting the appearance of the ants.


July 5, 2012
Whale sanctuary bid defeated

The International Whaling Commission’s annual meeting saw the defeat of a proposed whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic Ocean. Latin American countries argued that declaring a sanctuary would help whale conservation and whale-watching.


July 4, 2012
Forestry Panel Report: Government must commit to nature in the Public Forest Estate

Rob Stoneman, Chief Executive for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, said: “The Public Forest Estate is a tremendous national asset and has the potential to deliver even more benefits for wildlife and people. We want to see stronger protection for existing woodlands, especially ancient woodlands, and more urgency in the restoration of open habitats.


July 3, 2012
China to ban shark fin soup from official functions

This marks a watershed moment for the global movement to protect sharks and pushes China onto the world's stage as an emerging leader in shark conservation.


June 2012

June 19, 2012
Feeble beginning to Common Fisheries Policy reform not likely to help fish, fishermen or marine wildlife

The regrettable failure of EU fisheries ministers to adopt a more radical reform of the Common Fisheries Policy will not end overfishing but may scupper chances of achieving sustainable fisheries for the people and wildlife that depend on them, according to BirdWatch Ireland. BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest environmental NGO, was extremely disappointed by the outcome of the EU Fisheries Council meeting in Luxembourg on Wednesday (June 13th). Instead of adopting more positive measures to end overfishing by 2015, the Council decided to be less ambitious and agree in principle to ending overfishing, but perhaps not until 2020.


June 17, 2012
Lions on the Loose in Kenyan Capital

When Danish author Karen Blixen penned her autobiography "Out of Africa", she wrote of the fierce leopards and lions that prowled the coffee estate she farmed at the foot of Kenya's Ngonghills. Today, that farm is a leafy upmarket suburb of the rapidly growing capital Nairobi, swallowed up by breakneck urbanisation that has turned a century-old colonial railway yard into a traffic-clogged major city.But the sharp-toothed big cats have remained, finding themselves under growing pressure as one of Africa's fastest-growing cities creeps onto ancient migration routes and hunting grounds."There have been no attacks on humans -- only dogs.


June 12 , 2012
Urban Wild Gardens

In modern urban cities and towns it is very easy to overlook the nature that surrounds us as we rush around our busy lives. It is however a vital component to our lives without it we would simply live in a concrete ecosphere. It has become increasingly important for people to increase and protect already established planted areas in built up areas.This is a project that can be carried out on a large scale, or on a much smaller scale in your own back garden.


June , 2012
Stop the Spread of Invasive Species – Biosecurity Guidelines for Scuba Diving

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) and fish parasites or diseases are readily transferred from one water body to another on diving gear, boats and protective clothing. These can be very damaging to resident fish stocks, the aquatic habitat and the general environment. In order to ensure that invasive species and fish diseases are not inadvertently transferred into Ireland’s freshwaters from abroad or within the country from an infested area to one that is free from these organisms, it is essential that all diving equipment is routinely inspected and disinfected following each diving trip.


June 8, 2012
Seals' severed heads nailed to signs at Dingle sanctuary

Two seals have been decapitated in Co Kerry, and their severed heads nailed to signs outside the entrance to the Dingle Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary.


May 2012

May 21, 2012
Glengarriff crowned BioBlitz 2012 champions

Glengarriff Nature Reserve in West Cork was crowned BioBlitz Champion 2012 over the weekend with an incredible tally of 1,020 species over 24 hours. The team at Glengarriff beat stiff competition from Crawfordsburn Country Park in Co. Down, Lough Boora Country Park in Co. Offaly and Dublin’s Phoenix Park, coming from behind to take the title.


May, 2012
Water Supply Project - Dublin Region

One of the topics discussed at the recent Natural Environment committee meeting was the controversial proposal to extract water from the River Shannon for use by Dublin local authorities and the mid-east region in future years.
The Dublin Region (Water Supply Area) will require a new source of water supply within the next ten years in order to meet projected growth in water demand due to forecast population increases and economic growth.


April 2012

April 24, 2012
Foundation's vet nurse is a winner

Lucy Kells, hospital manager at The Wildlife Aid Foundation (WAF) in Leatherhead, has been named Vet Nurse of the Year 2012 in the UK annual Petplan Veterinary Awards. It is the first time the title has been awarded to a nurse from a wildlife hospital.


April 19, 2012
A Farm Grows in Brooklyn!

Brooklyn’s Sunset Park neighborhood will soon be home to a 100,000 square foot, multi-acre rooftop farm that will produce a million pounds of produce per year — enough to feed 5,000 people


April 18, 2012
Spain’s King Juan Carlos takes throne of ignorance with latest trophy hunting gaffe

Spain's King Juan Carlos is facing criticism for a reportedly $56,000 hunting trip in Botswana during which the monarch broke his hip and ended up in hospital


April 16, 2012
Russia creates massive park for rare cats

Russia has created a massive national park to protect some of the world's rarest big cats, the critically endangered Amur tigers and leopards, reports the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)


April 11, 2012
Grave threat of pesticides to bees' billion-pound bonanza is now clear

"Replacing the pollination of food crops that the UK's bees perform for free would cost £1.8bn. With hard data now linking pesticides to bees' rapid decline, there is no excuse for inaction"


March 2012

March 26, 2012
Trump's Sons Under Investigation for African Hunting Trip

Donald Trump Jr., who stars on " The Celebrity Apprentice" alongside his dad, and his brother Eric sparked outrage among animal lovers after photos surfaced of the two posing with animals they killed during a 2011 safari trip in Africa.


March 12, 2012
A slippery slope for amphibians?

Wildlife lovers are urged to participate in efforts to save three, soft, slippery creatures that live on land and in water.


February 2012

February 27, 2012
First ASBO for wildlife crimes

Serial egg collector Matthew Gonshaw, of Bow, has become the first person in England to receive an ASBO for crimes against nature


February 10, 2012
World's biggest offshore wind farm officially connected to the Grid

The world's biggest offshore wind farm was officially opened today after record-fast construction in the middle of the Irish Sea.


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December 2011

December, 2011
Possibly the largest haul of ivory ever found, 15 tonnes, seized in Malaysia

15 tonnes of Elephant Ivory seized in Malaysia adds to staggering annual toll. If we estimate the tusks of an African elephant weigh 30 kilos each, this haul represents the death of 250 elephants! This ivory seizure is the largest to date in a year that has seen an overwhelming number of seizures.


November 2011

November, 2011
Swifts and swallows still flying, eggs hatching, bats and dragonflies still about!

The RSPB has been inundated with the kind of calls it would usually expect to receive in the summer for the past few weeks, showing how much of an impact the recent balmy weather has had on garden creatures. Summer migrants like swifts and swallows which would traditionally head back to their winter homes by September are still being reported around the UK.






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