• 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 1 May 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 in 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