A 'swatch' is a word that you may not associate with a wildlife identification guide. Originally used in the clothing trade, a swatch was a small sample of fabric. If you were having a jacket made to measure, the tailor would produce a swatch, a little book of fabric samples to pick from, with colours, patterns and textures to suit all tastes.
Last week the European Commission adopted its latest strategy to address the ongoing loss of biodiversity and destruction of the natural world. There was much talk of a green recovery as the Union takes its first, tentative steps to recover from the initial wave of Covid-19.
With so much uncertainty facing people regarding work, school, financial stability, wedding plans, and so much more, many are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and some are even feeling hopeless about the future. What we tell ourselves about what is happening in our world has a big bearing on how we feel and how we inspire others to feel.
Parasite control in pets often seems to be a complex topic. Everybody knows that they ought to deworm and deflea their pet, but that's about as far as it goes. When the topic is investigated further, many questions come up.
The Irish summer is here. The skies have been cloudless and blue, the sun's been shining, and the rain clouds have stayed away. The COVID-19 crisis means that we've all had to be socially distant from one another, but that hasn't stopped us from gathering in public places like parks, beaches and seaside promenades. People stand apart, speaking more loudly than before, and wearing facemasks in public.
The topic of wearing masks during the COVID-19 crisis has been controversial. The latest message is that, to limit the spread of the virus, we should all wear masks if we are likely to be indoors within 1 - 2 metres of other people for any prolonged length of time.
Dog walking is an activity that is very much a part of contemporary culture. In Ireland, 34% of households own dogs (this compares with 24% in the UK, 38% in the USA and 39% in Australia). Dog ownership has become a key part of twenty first century life. And if you have a dog, part of the responsibility of ownership is a commitment to taking the animal for a walk.
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