Category Archives for "All News"

Oct 15

Press Release: Budget marks a significant change in direction in the state’s approach to nature protection

Press Release 15th October  Budget marks a significant change in direction in the state’s approach to nature protection The Irish Wildlife Trust has welcomed this week’s announcements in the budget which will start to address our biodiversity crisis. New funding announcements have been made across a range of sectors which will address historic shortfalls, most […]

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Oct 10

Nature-based solutions

Nature-based solutions This week saw a significant milestone in Ireland’s tortuous journey from climate laggard to climate leader with the publication of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill. It is a significant achievement for the Green Party in particular, which delivered on its promise to deliver the bill within the first 100 […]

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Oct 09

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust calls for moratorium on all trawling within six nautical miles of the coast following High Court ruling

PRESS RELEASE 09th October 2020 Irish Wildlife Trust calls for moratorium on all trawling within six nautical miles of the coast following High Court ruling Following the High Court ruling [i] that has overturned a decision to prohibit trawling by larger boats within 6 nautical miles of the coast, the IWT has written to Minister […]

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Oct 02

Irish Wildlife Trust submission to Budget 2020

September 22nd 2020 Irish Wildlife Trust submission to Budget 2020     Dear Minister Donohoe,   The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is a national, charitable, membership-based organisation which was established in 1979. Our goal is to raise awareness of our natural heritage and its benefits to people. We would like to make a submission for […]

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Oct 01

IWT calls on Minister O’Brien to take urgent measures to prevent destruction of protected marine habitats

Press Release 01st October 2020 IWT calls on Minister O’Brien to take urgent measures to prevent destruction of protected marine habitats The Irish Wildlife Trust has released a report which highlights Ireland’s failure to manage and successfully protect the inshore network of marine protected areas (MPAs) [i]. Collating evidence from surveys conducted by the National […]

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Sep 26

The left is right

The left is right The emergence of a ‘left-green’ conversation in Ireland seems to have gone unnoticed in the mainstream media. Its most notable figures inside the Oireachtas are Neasa Hourigan, Green Party TD for Dublin Central, Bríd Smith in People Before Profit, Alice-Mary Higgins (Ind) and Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin. The Social Democrats, […]

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Sep 25

PRESS RELEASE: Fix the problems in forestry before silencing objectors

PRESS RELEASE 25th September 2020 Fix the problems in forestry before silencing objectors The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is extremely concerned about the undue haste with which new forestry legislation is being rushed through the Oireachtas. This legislation proposes to introduce fees for objectors for the first time and was part of a broader set […]

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Sep 12

Don’t ask me to be optimistic

Don’t ask me to be optimistic As far as apocalyptic weeks go, the one just gone has been impressive. The week started with the publication of a study showing that the rate at which ice sheets in the polar regions are melting is tracking the worst case scenarios which had been predicted in the 5th […]

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Aug 29

Pádraic’s Blog: The Hardest Animal to Live With

Pádraic’s Blog: The Hardest Animal to Live With Bringing wolves back to Ireland has many supporters but for many it is all just a stretch too far. The conflict would be fierce and fraught, at least if current attitudes to nature are anything to go by. Can’t we just manage what we have? Why would […]

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Aug 14

Pádraic’s Blog: In search of the real

In search of the real A couple of years back I attended a conference on ‘Natural Capital’ in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Natural Capital is a way of bringing nature into national economic accounting structures in order to value what are termed ‘ecosystem services’ – i.e. the things that keep us alive like […]

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Aug 07

PRESS RELEASE: Irish Wildlife Trust call on UNESCO to remove ‘Biosphere’ label from Killarney as Kerry County Council withdraws support

Press Release 07th August Irish Wildlife Trust call on UNESCO to remove ‘Biosphere’ label from Killarney as Kerry County Council withdraws support The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has written to the UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) committee calling on them to immediately remove Killarney from its list of ‘Biosphere Reserves’. The call follows the revelation, […]

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Jul 21

Press Release: Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) calls for sheep to be taken off the hills to allow restoration of upland and peatland ecosystems

Press Release 21st July Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) calls for sheep to be taken off the hills to allow restoration of upland and peatland ecosystems IWT is calling on the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Dara Calleary, Minister for Land Use and Biodiversity Pippa Hackett and Minister at the Department of Housing Malcolm […]

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Jul 01

Press Release: Disbelief as Green ministers hand nature protection to Housing Department

Press Release  01/07/2020 Disbelief as Green ministers hand nature protection to Housing Department BirdWatch Ireland, Irish Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, An Taisce, SWAN and the Environmental Pillar make joint call to #BringNatureHome Leading environmental NGOs have expressed disbelief at the new Government’s proposal to move responsibility for nature to the Department of Housing. […]

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Jun 16

Press Release: The Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes the Programme for Government as potentially transformative for the Irish landscape.

Press Release 16th June The Irish Wildlife Trust welcomes the Programme for Government as potentially transformative for the Irish landscape.   The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is welcoming the Programme for Government (PfG) presented by Fianna Fáil, the Green Party and Fine Gael as containing a number of elements which are potentially transformative in addressing […]

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Jun 12

Press Release: IWT Wild Oceans Photography Competition

Press Release 12th June 2020 The Irish Wildlife Trust is inviting submissions for a Wild Oceans Photography Competition In honour of World Oceans Day this June and to coincide with the easing of travel restrictions, the Irish Wildlife Trust have launched a marine themed photography contest. The aim of this competition is to raise awareness […]

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May 08

Press release: IWT welcomes the leaked EU Biodiversity Strategy on the anniversary of Ireland declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency

Press Release 09th May 2020 Press release: IWT welcomes the leaked EU Biodiversity Strategy on the anniversary of Ireland declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency On Thursday May 9th 2019 Ireland became the first country to declare a climate and a biodiversity emergency. On its first anniversary there is sadly little to show for this […]

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May 07

Press Release: Potential government parties should look to sea for important carbon emissions reductions, according to Irish Wildlife Trust

Potential government parties should look to sea for important carbon emissions reductions, according to Irish Wildlife Trust Press release 07th May 2020 IWT urges political parties to recognise the carbon storage capacity of our seas and agree to protect and restore vulnerable marine habitats to help avert the climate and biodiversity crises. Several international commitments aim […]

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Apr 16

Press Release: IWT calls on farming organisations to support a new approach after a wildfire sweeps through the Wicklow Mountains

The Irish Wildlife Trust has called on farming organisations to support a new approach to land management after a wildfire sweeps through the Wicklow Mountains Special Area of Conservation Press Release: 16th April 2020 A massive, illegal wildfire has swept through the Wicklow Mountains Special Area of Conservation (SAC) through the evening of April 15th […]

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Mar 31

Species of the week: Wych Elm

Wych Elm Ulmus glabra Leamhán sléibhe The Wych elm is the only native elm in Ireland. It is a wide ranging Elm tree, it can be found from Ireland to Russia and as far north as the Arctic Circle. They are typically mountainous species preferring moist soils and higher humidity’s, its name in Irish means […]

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Mar 31

Species of the week: Brown Hawker Dragonfly

Brown Hawker Dragonfly Aeshna grandis Seabhcaí Ómrach The brown hawker is large common dragonfly found in Ireland, it is distinctive because of its chocolate brown colouring. They grow to 7.3cm long and have a wingspan of 10.2cm. Both males and females are similar looking but can be distinguished as males have blue dots on their […]

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Mar 26

Species of the week: Marsh fritillary

Marsh Fritillary Euphydryas aurinia  Fritileán Réisc The Marsh Fritillary Butterfly is one of Ireland’s few legally protected Butterflies. It is protected under Annex II of the European Union Habitats and Species Directive. They have an orange and cream square pattern on their wings and can be identified by their distinctive cream bands on their underwing. […]

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Mar 26

Species of the Week: Nettle

Nettle Urtica dioica Neantóg The Common or Stinging Nettle is a highly successful plant found all over the temperate areas of the world. It spreads by means of seeds and underground rhizomes that creep around just under the surface of the soil. The jagged leaves held in pairs along the square stems are easily recognisable […]

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