Cookie Policy

We use cookies to make our website effective and useful for you. To continue, please accept the use of cookies.

I accept

How we use cookies

Northern Ireland Environment Link Logo
 

News

 

Events

 

Jan 2018 right left

New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

02
03
04
05
06

Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19

Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

22

Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) – The Opportunities in Energy Storage

Tuesday 23rd January
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
£66

24
25
26

Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

29
30
31
   

Latest News

10th March 2016

South Antrim MLA hatches plans to protect the barn owl
(via Ulster Wildlife)

 

UW1

 

South Antrim DUP MLA, Pam Cameron is hatching plans to protect of one of Northern Ireland’s most endangered birds after signing up to become ‘Species Champion’ for the barn owl.

There are estimated to be less than 30 to 50 breeding pairs of barn owls left in Northern Ireland. Loss of suitable hunting and nesting habitat, combined with the build up of toxins from consuming poisoned prey, are the main reasons for the bird’s decline.

Mrs Cameron met with Catherine Fegan, Barn Owl Officer with Ulster Wildlife, recently on a farm near Aldergrove, owned by Andrew Cunningham, to learn first–hand about the species and the practical actions landowners can take to give the bird a fighting chance.

A keen conservationist, Mr Cunningham has established a variety of habitats suitable for barn owls, including new plantations at various stages of growth and uncut grass around the trees which attracts small mammals – the bird’s favoured prey. He also put up an indoor nest box in an outlying shed ten years ago after spotting a barn owl in the area.

 

UW2

 

Speaking during her visit, Mrs Cameron said, “I am delighted to be championing the barn owl, not least because I think they are particularly beautiful and iconic creatures, but also because they are under real pressure. My visit to Mr Cunningham’s farm has given me a much better understanding of this important species, and I look forward to working with Ulster Wildlife to help promote and secure its future.”

Read more via Ulster Wildlife…