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Naturally Orla

Poet – Treehugger – Activist – Writes Stories About Witches

The story with Irish woodlands

It's relatively well known that before the arrival of humans, aproximately 9000 years ago Ireland was covered in mixed, broadleaf woodland. A huge amount of deforestation happened in the first few millennium as the human population became settled and these... Continue Reading →

Eco-Anxiety

When I was 12, nearly 13, I had a science project due; one of my first of secondary school. I loved forests so I decided to look at the effects of deforestation which led me to studies of Greenhouse Gases.... Continue Reading →

Moving My Own Goal Posts

Tis the season for good intentions, for setting goals and challenging yourself to be better. But I've been known to give quite a lot of side-eye to the whole idea of New Years Resolutions because I think that for the... Continue Reading →

Internalising Writing Advice – Portraits & Dreams

There are lots of things that make the transition between writing sometimes and being a quote-unquote "writer" but at least some of them are psychological. For years you consume "Top 10 Tips on Plotting Your Novel" and listen to TEDTalks... Continue Reading →

December

When the darkest days come we come together, We may never know why happiness sets up apart but tragedy stretches out a hand and lips to kiss it better.

Bee Watching – Science for Sunny Days

I'm sitting in my garden on a sunny day last summer, soaking in some much needed vitamin D and photographing bumblebees in a lavender bush. It's not a bad way to relax. This is one of the photographs that I... Continue Reading →

Go Tell it to the Bees

Tell the bees that I have died, They used to say that if the hives weren’t told of a birth or death in the family they would leave the keeper, So there is no need to lie. Tell the bees... Continue Reading →

Gardening in the City: Eats or Ecology?

Urban gardens have had a new resurgence in fashion, adding to the list the many things that have become "millennial aesthetics" that are actually age-old reactions of populations to economic downturn and social change. In particular community gardens in Dublin... Continue Reading →

Me and the Great Yellow Bumblebee

Some of you may have gotten the impression that I have some opinions about bee conservation. So now I'm putting my money where my mouth is and getting a tattoo of Ireland's most endangered bumblebee to raise funds for the... Continue Reading →

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