Puffins and the Marine Ecosystem

Puffins and the Marine Ecosystem

Puffins are well into their breeding season on Great Saltee Island and many other seabird colonies around the Irish coast.  Each pair lays a single egg deep in a rabbit burrow and the adults stand outside the burrow entrance socialising…

Whimbrels drop by the Murrough

Whimbrels drop by the Murrough

Small flocks of Whimbrels, close relatives of the Curlew, can be seen now along the Murrough, the 12km barrier beach that fringes north Wicklow.  Distinguished by their beautiful calls and the bars on the head, they were traditionally known as…

Black Guillemots at home in Dublin Port

Black Guillemots at home in Dublin Port

Among the nesting seabirds that Natura is surveying in Dublin Port are Black Guillemots.  Smaller than Puffins, they have scarlet legs and a distinctive white patch on the flanks.  They nest in holes in old piers which mimic the crevices…

Brimstones out in the sunshine

Brimstones out in the sunshine

Brimstone butterflies are one of the specialities of the Irish midlands and the good weather of early May has brought them out on a number of the windfarm sites that Natura is studying on behalf of Mainstream Renewable Power.  A…

Brent geese remain in Dublin Bay

Brent geese remain in Dublin Bay

Brent Geese are staying longer than usual in their winter feeding areas around Dublin Bay.  Natura has been monitoring the geese in Dublin Port as part of a long-term research programme.  Poor weather conditions this spring may have held up…