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New report reveals the 'State of Nature' in Northern Ireland

27 September 2016

The latest ‘State of Nature’ report, which reveals how local habitats and species are faring, has been launched to mark the start of Northern Ireland Environment Week at Stormont.

Marsh fritillary

Fermanagh to feature on Countryfile!

22 July 2016

County Fermanagh is set to take centre stage on popular BBC show Countryfile later this month.

Lower Loch Erne, Co Fermanagh, views from Boa Island showing Lusty Beg, Lusty More and Cruinish Islands

Bird ‘backpacks’ to uncover NI swift secrets

30 June 2016

A new project to find out where migrant birds forage in Northern Ireland has taken flight, thanks to a partnership between RSPB Northern Ireland, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) and the Northern Ireland Swift Group.

Swift hunting insects

EU project to ‘tern’ around seabird declines

22 June 2016

Larne Lough is home to all sorts of wonderful wildlife, including Northern Ireland’s only known pair of breeding roseate terns.

Roseate tern pair performing courtship display

Rathlin ‘puffin’ needs a name!

17 June 2016

To celebrate 100 days since the re-opening of the Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, RSPB Northern Ireland is running a competition to find a name for its new puffin mascot!

Puffin waddling along clifftop

Unusual visitors wing their way to Lough Erne

10 June 2016

It’s been a bumper week for birdwatching in County Fermanagh!

Male scaup

Magnificent ‘meadow’ blooms in Belfast

7 June 2016

Hundreds of paper flowers have been ‘planted’ in front of Queen’s University Belfast as part of a project to highlight the beauty and importance of art and nature.

Close up of ox-eye daisies, Glebe Meadow, Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire

Corncrake calls on Rathlin Island

9 May 2016

The distinctive crex-crex call of the corncrake has been heard on Rathlin Island for just the second time in 17 years.

Corncrake calling

Tune in to a Dawn Chorus with a difference!

28 April 2016

Join BBC Radio Ulster presenter Annie-Marie McAleese and Dr Kendrew Colhoun from RSPB NI on International Dawn Chorus Day (Sunday 1 May) as they link up with radio colleagues in RTÉ and across Europe to celebrate this ornithological opera.

Male great spotted woodpecker pecking tree

Wake up to the sound of spring!

19 April 2016

At this time of year we can enjoy one of nature’s miracles every morning: the finest sopranos, tenors and baritones warming up their voices for the greatest concert on earth - the dawn chorus.

Robin singing from branch

The search for swift surveyors!

14 April 2016

Any day now some special summer visitors will be winging their way to Northern Ireland.

Swift hunting insects

Have you seen a red kite?

14 April 2016

RSPB NI is calling on the public to help build a clearer picture of the country’s red kite population.

Red kite in flight

Starlings are top of the tree in NI wildlife survey

31 March 2016

The results of the RSPB’s annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey have been released today (31 March) and reveal some interesting information about our local feathered friends.

Adult starling on bird feeder

Visitors set to flock to Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre!

15 February 2016

Excitement is building for the re-opening of one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic tourist destinations, the Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre.

Puffin with wings outstretched, about to land

Show a little love to our feathered friends

12 February 2016

This Valentine’s Day, show a little love to our feathered friends!

Count the birds that are counting on you!

22 January 2016

RSPB Northern Ireland is encouraging local people to take part in the world’s biggest wildlife survey on 30/31 January.