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

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

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 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…

Windfarms, swans and geese

  A new review of the impacts of windfarms on swans and geese has been published in the journal Wildfowl by Dr Eileen Rees of the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust.  Site use by the birds was measured at only nine…