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Nature under threat

15 December 2014

RSPB NI believes that nature in Northern Ireland is under threat from deep and broad budget cuts.

Kids playing at Middleton Lakes

Sarah appointed to HELP nature

24 September 2014

A Fermanagh woman has been appointed by the RSPB to work alongside farmers to give nature a home around Lough Erne.

Calling redshank in meadow

Autumn is in the air

26 August 2014

The past week has seen a real change in the weather, with dropping temperatures, squally showers and gale-force winds.

Cotoneaster berries in gardens at the Lodge

RSPB calls for agri-award entries

19 August 2014

If you are a wildlife-friendly farmer, or know someone who works hard to give nature a home on their land, time is running out to enter this year’s Farming Life and Danske Bank awards.

Insect on dewy ears of barley

Rare orchid blossoms around Lough Neagh

19 August 2014

With its spirals of small white flowers resembling the braided hair of a beautiful maiden, the Irish Lady’s Tresses orchid is one of Northern Ireland’s most eye-catching and rarest plants.

Farmland landscapes with Slemish Mountain in the background

RSPB urges re-think on drift net ban

5 August 2014

The RSPB has urged the European Commission not to impose an EU wide ban on small-scale drift net fishing which could impact local fishermen who fish in a responsible and sustainable way.

Coast on a stormy day with heavy rain falling on coastal headland

Protective parents!

30 June 2014

Herring gulls take parenting very seriously – whether they are on an unpopulated coastal island or in a town or city. Defending their nest and their young is part of their DNA.

Herring gull perching on railing

RSPB welcomes RDP funding

27 June 2014

The RSPB has welcomed Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s long-awaited announcement of funds for the Rural Development Programme (RDP).

Letter writing

Big Wild Campout is coming!

24 June 2014

Last summer more than 200 people joined the RSPB to sleep out under the stars at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra, County Down.

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

Bumper butterfly spectacle

24 June 2014

Rathlin Island could soon be all a-flutter with a rare species of butterfly.

Marsh fritillary butterfly amongst grass

Giving volunteers a home at Portmore Lough

9 June 2014

Portmore Lough outside Aghalee is a haven for birds and wildlife but now, thanks to an exciting new project, volunteers will have the chance to make their home at the RSPB reserve too!

Wet meadow and flowering grasses, Portmore Lough RSPB reserve

Give nature a home this summer

5 June 2014

Despite the commonly-held view that wild creatures only need help finding food during winter months, the RSPB is urging people to put out food this summer too.

Blue tit

Search begins for NI’s Wildlife Friendly Farmer of the Year

5 June 2014

RSPB Northern Ireland is searching for local farmers who go the extra mile to give nature a home on their land.

Farmland landscape, Co. Fermanagh

Don't hedge your bets

19 May 2014

With better weather and longer evenings, now is the perfect time to tidy up your garden in time for summer.

Wren with nest building materials in beak

RSPB seeks swift sightings

7 May 2014

RSPB Northern Ireland is asking people to record any swifts they see swooping across Northern Ireland this spring and summer.

Swifts flying at low level over rooftops

Excitement builds for new arrivals

6 May 2014

Like any expectant parents, here at RSPB Northern Ireland we’re full of nervous excitement that soon our reserves will be full of babies!

Fluffy lapwing chick

Designer nestbox goes on display

25 April 2014

It's not often the worlds of style and wildlife collide but earlier this year the RSPB and the British Fashion Council joined forces as London Fashion Week and National Nestbox Week coincided.

John Rocha

Give wildlife-friendly farming a future

22 April 2014

Farmers across the country have been getting behind an RSPB NI campaign to urge the Stormont Executive to adequately fund agri schemes – initiatives which deliver for wildlife and their habitats.

Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire

Grey squirrel tops wildlife survey

17 April 2014

For the last 36 years people have been recording the birds which land in their gardens and local green spaces during the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch. But this January, for the first time, the charity also asked people to keep a look out for other wildlife which visits during the year – from squirrels to badgers and frogs

Grey squirrel

House sparrows swoop in to top Big Garden Birdwatch survey

27 March 2014

Back in January almost half a million people across the UK, including more than 12,000 in Northern Ireland, took part in the biggest wildlife survey in the world organised by the RSPB.

Male house sparrow about to land

Local councillor votes for Lough Beg

5 March 2014

As a native of Bellaghy, County Derry, the wonderful scenery and varied wildlife of Lough Beg are close to Caoimhe O’Neill’s heart.

Wet grassland at Lough Beg, Northern Ireland

Green coalition urges Executive to bridge funding gap

28 February 2014

A number of leading environmental organisations have joined forces to urge the Northern Ireland Executive to provide vital funding to support farmers and the wildlife on their land.

Stormont and surrounding woodland

What do Fermanagh's wetlands mean to you?

27 February 2014

What do you value most about Fermanagh’s wetlands? That’s what RSPB Northern Ireland and its partners are hoping to discover at a workshop on Tuesday, 4 March in Enniskillen.

Silhouetted rushes

Spring into volunteering!

25 February 2014

The first signs of spring have already sprung – delicate snowdrops are out in full bloom, birds are busy collecting cosy nesting materials and it’s wonderful to see a little stretch in the evenings.

Wren with nest building materials in beak

Giving nature a home at Garron

3 February 2014

Northern Ireland Water, RSPB Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) are working in partnership to protect and restore almost 2000 hectares of peatland at Garron Plateau in the Antrim Hills.

Female hen harrier in flight

Claims.co.uk helps to give corncrake a home on Rathlin Island

23 January 2014

Finance company Claims.co.uk has donated a generous sum to help continue funding of the “Give corncrake a home” project on Rathlin Island.

Captive corncrake, part of reintroduction programme, RSPB Nene Washes nature reserve

CAP offers little hope for wildlife friendly farmers

17 January 2014

RSPB NI has responded to a Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) consultation on the future of farm payments in Northern Ireland.

Stubble and straw bales after harvest

Count the birds that are counting on you!

14 January 2014

It will be all eyes to the skies on 25 and 26 January for the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch and the charity is urging everyone in Northern Ireland to set aside just one hour to participate in this fun, free and important activity.

Goldfinch on branch

RSPB Northern Ireland’s position on the Rural Development Transfer

7 January 2014

The decision not to transfer any funds to Rural Development to the benefit of Northern Ireland’s rural communities and the environment is at best a missed opportunity, and at worst a complete disaster.

Hope Farm, Cambridgeshire