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OPINION – DÚLRA: How to create an army of frogs, just add water

He’s probably alone in that belief, of course. Because frogs get a bad press – if they get any press at all. Yet they are perhaps the most incredible creatures that walk – or more accurately hop – on this fair land. Dúlra has a special bond with this tiny frog. He’s watched it transform […]

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DÚLRA: City living during lockdown is golden opportunity for our prettiest bird

Right in the heart of downtown Belfast, below one of its tallest tower blocks, sits the nest of one of our most beautiful birds. Dúlra visited the plaza outside BT Tower and the Hilton Hotel this week after a reader who works in an office there said he was always being entertained by the twittering […]

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Sharp-eyed Dúlra meets up with our most awe-inspiring bird of prey, the long-eared owl

IT felt magical, even otherworldly, when Dúlra stood on the forest floor as the last light drained from the sky. His eyes strained to see through the darkening tangle of leaves and branches to the source of the most unusual bird call he had ever heard. The sounds were all around him – three, no, […]

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Preparing for the big snow… if it actually arrives

  AT this time of year, Dúlra finds himself spending way too much money on food. Instead of a single loaf or litre of bread, he buys two or even three. And he tosses an extra box of teabags into the supermarket trolley and enough beans to feed a posse of cowboys. The problem is, […]

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Food that’s fit for a bird table near you

  WE all enjoy the best of everything over Christmas and the New Year. It’s a time we push the boat out in the kitchen to make things extra special. In the depths of mid-winter when the days are shortest and the outlook is bleak, we try to give ourselves a pick-me-up by enjoying the […]

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Return of the native as a pine martin is spotted

  Dúlra’s heart missed a beat when he got the anonymous text from a reader – “I saw a pine martin in Colin Glen – have video”. The pine martin is perhaps Ireland’s rarest animal. It was going the way of extinction like the Irish wolf, the lynx or the boar but just managed to […]

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