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Green shoots: the growth of Irish nature writing

The new 'golden age' of nature writing is rooted in environmental breakdown, the fear of loss and a desire to reconnect with the natural world, writes Hilary A White

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Fallow: the Irish nature-writing canon is quite thin

Fallow: the Irish nature-writing canon is quite thin

Fallow: the Irish nature-writing canon is quite thin

'There's a tree creeper call there," Declan himself chirps. "That high-pitched call. That's a contact call for the young. Or it's 'I see you'."

There it is. And again. A chaffinch joins in with its self-descriptive pink-pink call. My guide is the naturalist Declan Murphy. It is in these woods on this private estate, deep in the lush folds of Co Wicklow, that Murphy studied great spotted woodpeckers, a species that magically turned up a decade ago and began breeding here.


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