Autumn underway

The weather conditions prevailing for most of last week were pretty stunning: calm winds, mild air temperatures and blazing sunshine. Good news for pollinators and breeding birds alike, with some excellent numbers of butterflies such as Green-veined Whites, Red Admiral and Meadow Browns in the island’s rough grassland and meadows. Just yesterday Butterfly Conservation launched …

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From Ireland to the Island

After a brilliant ten days exploring Ireland's southwest coast - its rugged peninsulas, spectacular coastline, dramatic mountains and forested valleys - it was time to head back across the Irish Sea to Wales on Friday. Remarkably calm conditions prevailing beneath a high pressure meant we were also able to board the first boat back home …

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Wild Woods of Glengarriff

We’ve spent the last couple of days of our Irish escapade exploring a stunning valley of ancient Sessile Oak woodland in County Cork’s rugged western coast. The Glengarriff Nature Reserve encompasses a rich mix of woodlands, bogs, rocky mountainsides, wet heaths and riverine habitats nestled in the drainage basin of the surrounding Caha Mountains. From …

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