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Naturally Orla

Poet – Treehugger – Activist – Writes Stories About Witches

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Orla

Irish - Environmental Researcher - Biodiversity Hypeman - Feminist - Poet - Treehugger - Activist - Writes stories about Witches

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 →

People for Bees

The Irish Wildlife Trust runs lectures and workshops in local libraries and community centres around Ireland, teaching people about bees and what they can do to help them in their areas and in their own gardens. Tidy Towns committees have... Continue Reading →

Save the Bees : Rallying Cry or Meme?

'Save the Bees' - an ideal Instagram caption for wildflowers you've spotted by the side of the road. The phrase has taken on meme-like status over the last few years, both in the idealistic aesthetic sense and in more absurdist... Continue Reading →

My No-Single-Use-Plastic January in Review

The first thing you need to know about my 'no single-use plastic' January is that 100% I still used single-use plastics. I did not succeed in avoiding them entirely because there are just so many insidious sources of plastic in... Continue Reading →

Toothy and Plastic Beast

When I decided to stop using single use plastics this month I did not anticipate that brushing my teeth would be one of the most complicated parts of that challenge. Dentists tell us to change over toothbrushes every 3 months,... Continue Reading →

Being Biodegradable

There has been some controversy in my life recently from a source I would never have expected. Teabags. Those who know me know that the volume of tea I can drink on a given day in likely outside of safe... Continue Reading →

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