Author: Dara McAnulty

Beloved Butterflies!

Today marks the start of The Big Butterfly Count and we were keen to get involved straight away, but as the day dawned grey, murky and drizzly, I thought that perhaps our count would have to wait. We have had very few butterflies in our garden this year as our Buddleia has been late flowering and our garden has been a bit of a wash out due to the rain. …

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…and the kites soared!

Hi everyone, it’s been four days since we landed back on Irish soil and although my memories are far from fading, I know that in the future I will love reading back on my experiences here on my blog!

So today, I’m going to recount my experience of RSPB Rye Meads! …

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RSPB Heaven!

I have gone for what seems like a long time without writing a blog!! We have been away in England, travelling around Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London to see the Harry Potter studios and visit my dad’s family. While we were there, we had to do one other BIG thing and that of course, was hunting for wildlife and nature! …

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Magnificent Meadows!!

Today is National Meadows Day and today I wanted to tell you all about some magnificent meadows here in Co. Fermanagh. We are really lucky here in Fermanagh as we are a huge stronghold of lowland meadows; not only in N.Ireland …

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30 Days Wild – Stay Wild!

So today marks the end of 30 Days Wild and although this blog wasn’t really a part of it, it was one of the reasons I started this blog. My mum posted everyday on Twitter of our Random Acts of Wildness and I could see that she was getting huge enjoyment and satisfaction out of not just our own wild days, but was really enjoying the connection she was making with other nature lovers. …

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Encounter with an Elephant (Hawk Moth)!

Hello everyone! Today has been a really great day, the first day of my summer holidays! I had a lovely lie-in, listening to birdsong but the noise in the kitchen soon woke me up! My dad in cupped hands, offered up to us, a beautiful elephant hawk moth.He …

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Jolly good Fallow!

Hi everyone, I hope my alliteration and puns aren’t getting on your nerves (my mum is jokingly shaking her head in hands right now)! Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone for their support and encouragement after yesterday’s poem. I’ll probably not do that gain  for a while!   …

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Beguiling Buzzard

The evening was sun dappled and full of the scent of honeysuckle. We went to wait for the buzzard which sometimes flies over our patch. We took Rosie the greyhound and walked through the buzz of the bees. The horsetail was alive with grasshoppers, too clever for us to see and the scanty clouds just hung in the sky. …

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A ‘Coole’ Walk

I am really lucky to live in a truly beautiful county. It is pretty untouched by high production farming, drainage and hedgerow destruction (although it does happen). We have a limestone landscape, blanket bog, mountains, a UNESCO heritage show cave – Marble Arch Caves Geopark We also have three National Trust Properties and are surrounded by the Erne River System.  …

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Magical Moths!

Today dawned a little drizzly but the best thing about Saturday is that I can lie awake and listen to the birdsong and know I don’t have to rise for school! I was pretty excited today as we were going to The Marlbank Reserve at the Marble Arch Geopark to an event organised by National Insect Week! …

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Rise Up, For Nature

Two days ago, I wrote a blog ‘Remain for Nature’, I wrote about my fears and my distrust that our government would act on the side of protecting our natural world. That if we left the EU we would be vulnerable and unprotected. …

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Magnificent Magpies!

My mum loves to play an English band called ‘The Unthanks’ in the car and at home, my favourite song by them is a wonderful folk song called ‘Magpie’. Of course it is, it’s about a bird! I think it’s wonderful to hear someone singing about this beautiful bird. …

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