An interesting response to an article on ragwort

A few weeks ago, the Irish Wildlife Trust (a facebook group), posted an article about the value of ragwort for pollinators in Ireland (link here). The affection of pollinators for weeds has been demonstrated before (e.g. bees love thistles), and in fact they may be an important component of how some invasive plants* are able […]

Invasive, but adorable, grey squirrels

http://i.imgur.com/rZ84RGB.gifv Can I just say, without any implications, that the Irish way of saying squirrel is adorable? One of my Irish friends said it yesterday and I had to fight not to tell him it was adorable because he was being very serious about this nasty invasive pest. Squee-rell. People hate the grey squirrels because […]

Yet another adorable Irish bird…Long-tailed tits

Every time I think I’ve found the most adorable Irish bird (be it stumpy toddy or robin), I find another, even more adorable bird. In this case, the long-tailed tit! They are gregarious, curious, and teeny tiny little fluffs. I just love them. I texted my mother when I found them, “They are so cute, […]

Take a hike! (With me?): Glendalough wanderings

The money shot I went to Glendalough with a friend and we didn’t really have a plan about where we wanted to hike. There’s only one public bus to Glendalough from Dublin, so we had a very limited time there and we just wanted to wander and see what we could see. We ended up […]

A cycle ride in the Wicklow Mountains

  A couple of weeks ago, I selfishly took off Sunday morning for a bike ride in the national park south of the city…I’ve been trying to maximize my observation time in the rare nice weather here, including weekends, but every once in a while a person just has to get out of town. Here […]