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A dragonfly for every county

  This a creature that inevitably creates a smile on everyone’s face. And it’s probably that we are all thinking: just how can nature produce something so beautiful? This dragonfly landed on the hand of a West Belfast hillwalker who goes by the name of Rob Smith and he was able to take this incredible […]

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The peril of clean windows

  It’s a photograph so tragic that would drive Dúlra to tears. It’s of one of Ireland’s most beautiful birds, lying limp and lifeless in a human hand. The sparkle of life that a bullfinch carries with it with such aplomb is suddenly absent. This bird may have those same impressive feathers with their deeply […]

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The magpies are taking over our back gardens

  WHY does that magpie rhyme only go to seven? Was it because in previous times you’d rarely see this bird, and seven were as many as were ever expected to cross your path? Because now, in Dúlra’s own garden, he’s counted TEN. All newly fledged and ready to wreak havoc across the neighbourhood. Dúlra […]

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Has the cuckoo disappeared from West Belfast’s hills?

  HAS the cuckoo disappeared from the fields surrounding Belfast? There was a time when the famous call used to carry down from the mountain into Dúlra’s old street in Ramoan Gardens. It was probably calling from a mile away – and you had to stay still and strain your young ears to definitely hear […]

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Robin redbreast makes that garden leap of faith

IT’S the pinnacle of Dulra’s career – the payback for a lifetime of dedication to nature. Because no matter how much you devote yourself to caring for our animals, birds and countryside, there’s an invisible border separating us from every other wild thing. The natural world has learned the hard way to be wary of […]

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Dúlra’s feeling so lucky as the majestic jay graces his garden

IT’S a shy, retiring creature with stunning good looks – a bit like Dúlra himself, some would say. And Dúlra feels as lucky as a lottery winner to have the jay grace his garden. He took this photograph at the weekend as the bird simply rested on the wire feeder in the back garden. It’s […]

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