• A return to Nietoperek

    21st March 2019

    In January 1992, I made my first venture into the old states of eastern Europe with a bat visit to Poland. Over the previous three years, the communist bloc had started to break up, travel restrictions eased and opportunities were opened up to visit colleagues beyond what had been the Iron Curtain. I hadn’t been Read More

  • 8th International Colloquium on Squirrels

    13th August 2018

    I was delighted last year to learn that the 8th International Colloquium on squirrels, an international gathering of squirrel researchers from around the world, would take place on my doorstep at the beginning of June 2018. OK, I admit I exaggerate just a little. I live 22km north of Galway city and the venue for the colloquium was Read More

  • Q&A: Lucy Rogers and David Bullock

    27th April 2018

    What kind of professional journey has led you to where you are today? Lucy: I have worked in both conservation science and conservation delivery and have always been interested in mammal ecology and conservation. I did a PhD at the University of Aberdeen in small mammal ecology on set-aside agricultural land, before working for the Read More

  • Going Wild in Galway

    4th January 2018

    For the past two years Galway has gone wild…for wildlife! 2017 marked the second annual celebration of Galway’s wildlife as part of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Week, and thanks to our project being chosen as one of the two National Flagship events by the Irish Environmental Network (IEN), the funding we received meant this year was bigger Read More

  • Big Week on the Farm

    26th June 2017

    In early March, we received a phone call from the producers of ‘Big Week on the Farm’ asking the VWT to take part in this year’s show to discuss the pine marten live on RTÉ One! The programme celebrates the start of spring every April, running nightly over the course of a week. There are Read More

  • 2nd All-Ireland Pine Marten Symposium

    1st November 2016

    In February, Dave Tosh, National Museum of Northern Ireland, and I took it upon ourselves to organise the 2nd All-Ireland Pine Marten Symposium. As Dave had been working on projects involving both the pine marten and red squirrel in the Armagh area, we decided it would be worthwhile to have the 2nd symposium there. Fast Read More

  • The pine marten in Ireland – measuring its recovery

    25th March 2016

    As my three months surveying the pine marten in Ireland draws to a close, I am already wondering how I will fill the void left by what has been an intense but hugely fulfilling programme of fieldwork. January dawned cold and dark with many mammals, us included, craving warm cosy spaces and a good supply Read More

  • Practical steps to protect game and domestic fowl

    30th April 2015

    It has been a year since the VWT and NUIG held a one-day meeting on the pine marten on May 1st 2014, so we thought it would be useful to take a look at what has been achieved since then. For those who were not able to attend the meeting last year, a copy of the Read More

  • The Land of the Lesser Horseshoe Bat

    18th March 2015

    What happens when Wales, Poland and Ireland get together? Well, it seems they discuss bats, a lot!   This was the case when The Vincent Wildlife Trust hosted the project team of the Polish EU Life project Podkowiec+ in February. Seven members of the project team on a visit to some of our VWT reserves Read More

  • Pygmy shrew under threat?

    26th June 2014

    Is the pygmy shrew under threat from the greater white-toothed shrew in Ireland? by Allan McDevitt and Jon Yearsley Until recently the pygmy shrew (Sorex minutus) was Ireland’s only shrew species, having most likely been introduced to Ireland from Britain several thousand years ago. A very common species in Ireland, it is one of the world’s Read More