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World People Of Nature Day– Green Childhood

Friday 1st October
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Winter Migration Festival

Saturday 2nd October
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Floodplain Meadows Partnership Conference 2021

Wednesday 13th October
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Cave Hill Fungal Foray

Saturday 16th October
Belfast Castle
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Nature Means Business Online Conference

Tuesday 19th October
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UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) – Glasgow 2021

Sunday 31st October
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Rathlin project to save seabirds 10 September 2021

Seabirds that are in decline on Rathlin Island are to be protected through a £4.5m scheme (via BBC News)

 
Puffin
 
Image via Pixabay
 
By Maria McCann
 
The five–year project aims to eradicate rats and ferrets from the island off the north Antrim coast.
 
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has said 25 species of birds are at risk partly due to the invasive predators.
 
Puffin numbers on Rathlin have declined by more than half in recent years, according to the charity’s research.
 
Claire Barnett from the RSPB said “Bringing this global–scale conservation project to Northern Ireland is vital to safeguard the amazing wildlife on Rathlin.
 
“We will protect and promote Rathlin’s internationally important wildlife and landscape so future generations can enjoy seeing guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and the iconic puffins and possibly even the return of locally extinct species such as Manx shearwaters and storm petrels, which were once common on the island.”
 
It is thought that ferrets were brought to Rathlin in the mid 1980s in an attempt to control the rabbit population.
 
However, they have since contributed to the decline of birds breeding on the island.