Author Archives: Danielle Crowley

Stranger Swifts: Conserving One Of The World’s Fastest Birds In Dublin City

What involves cycling like a maniac around the city at odd hours of the day, juggling notebooks and cameras, and chasing down your quarry by the sound of it screaming overhead? Surprisingly not the latest plotline of Stranger Things.

I was employed for three months this summer as a Swift Fieldworker with Birdwatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation organisation. Our goal was to track down as many swift nests as possible, record them, and produce a report for Dublin City Council, who requested the survey as part of their Biodiversity Action Plan.

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Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away (From The Fact That They’re Invasive)

A mob of feral horses at Yarangobilly, Australia (Image Credit: Ian Sanderson, CC BY-NC 2.0, Image Cropped)

Horses are, without a doubt, a hugely significant part of human culture and history. Worldwide, they’ve played the role of food source, beast of burden, war steed, postal service, transport, and in modern times pet and sports star. Horses were and in many places still are are an omnipresent part of life. People have a lot of feelings about them.

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