Science & Nature
At the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough is a scenic amenity and heritage site. There were monastic settlements in the valley since St Kevin's time in the early Christian era. The OPW administers the interpretative centre and the historic core which attracts visitors to the national monuments, including the Round Tower.
Winter is a tough time for our garden birds. Putting out food for them is one of the best ways to help them survive. It is simple to do and will make it far easier for the birds to keep warm. It is also a fantastic way to observe them at close quarters and learn all about their fascinating behaviour.
The Tree Sparrow is Ireland's "other" sparrow species. Closely related to the well-known House Sparrow, it is much less familiar, being confined mainly to agricultural areas with a combination of dense hedgerows and cereal crops. This means that its range in Ireland is becoming ever more fragmented and it is now more or less restricted to the eastern and northern coastal regions.