The dark side of Ireland’s relationship with its wildlife

Rita de Brún - Irish Examiner – Thu, 16 Mar, 2017 – 00:00

Ireland is not a safe place for wildlife but, if we wish, we can play an active role in aiding creatures in need, writes Rita de Brún.

We think we love them; perhaps because what’s wild and free enthrals us.

Like unexpectedly glimpsing a set of antlers, half-camouflaged among trees in a shaded wood, it’s thrilling to hear the startling screech of a black-eyed barn owl drenching the night with mystery; exciting to spy a pair of long ears above the uncut grass of an Irish meadow; the only visible sign of a hare, happily hopping about its business.

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