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Naturally Orla

Poet – Treehugger – Activist – Writes Stories About Witches

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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 →

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 →

We call it Heritage

Ireland occasionally trips over its relationship with its own heritage. In the same week that Donald Trump declared March, Irish-American Heritage Month, to the discomfort of many, Irish minister for 'Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs',  Heather Humphreys proposed a bill... Continue Reading →

Sonnet for Unlovable Nature

Celebrate saving the less charismatic Write odes to plankton, snail and flies, Our love of birds and mammals may be automatic, But we struggle to value lichen in our lives. It's harder to to sing of fungi than tigers, Hard... Continue Reading →

Digital Media and Nature Conservation

Technology and nature are often portrayed as opposing forces. We are told to "log off" and go outside. The manner in which digital and other medias can extend a love of wildlife and the outdoors to those not raised with it... Continue Reading →

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