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RSPB NI calls for swift action!

15 May 2015

Local people are needed to help the RSPB build up a clearer picture of the number of swifts across the country.

Swift in flight

Have you seen a red kite?

15 May 2015

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

Red kite in flight

Rare species spotted in Antrim Hills

6 May 2015

A rare beetle, though to be extinct in County Antrim, has been seen in the Glenwherry area by the RSPB.

Carabus clathratus

Don't get in a flap about bats!

5 May 2015

The Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime in Northern Ireland (PAW NI) has issued a reminder about the importance of protecting bats as they wake from their long winter hibernation.

Pipistrelle in flight at night

A prickle of hedgehogs and a scurry of squirrels among garden wildlife secrets

28 April 2015

RSPB Northern Ireland is encouraging people to get out and uncover the secrets of their outdoor spaces, after the second year of the charity’s Big Garden Birdwatch highlighted the importance of gardens to threatened wildlife.

Hedgehog sign

Ready, steady, sing!

27 April 2015

If you’re an early riser you’ve probably been lucky enough to hear the world’s finest sopranos, tenors and baritones taking part in the greatest concert on earth - the dawn chorus!

Song thrush singing

Cuts threaten Lough Erne curlews

1 April 2015

RSPB NI is warning that 100% cuts to the Natural Heritage Grants Programme will have a devastating effect on nature and the environment.

Calling curlew

Rathlin's wildlife under threat

1 April 2015

RSPB NI is warning that 100% cuts to the Natural Heritage Grants Programme will have a devastating effect on nature and the environment.

Adult chough on Oronsay RSPB nature reserve

Budget cuts impact Lough Beg

1 April 2015

RSPB NI is warning that 100% cuts to the Natural Heritage Grants Programme will have a devastating effect on nature and the environment.

Lapwing feeding in wet meadow, Elmley Marsh RSPB reserve

Environment groups face severe cull from budget cuts

26 March 2015

Environment and heritage organisations in Northern Ireland today received confirmation of the scale of the budget cuts, with Department of Environment (DoE) cutting its Natural Heritage Grants programme by 100%.

RSPB Lower Lough Erne nature reserve, County Fermanagh

Fewer finches visiting NI gardens

26 March 2015

It’s been a record-breaking year in Northern Ireland for the world’s biggest wildlife survey, as the RSPB reveals more than 22,000 local people took part this year – 10,000 more than in 2014.

House sparrow (female)

Help protect house martin homes

18 March 2015

It’s that time of year again when we see and hear birds building nests in preparation for the breeding season.

House martin collecting mud for nest

Prepare to be WOWed!

9 February 2015

The countdown is on to the re-opening of one of the best places to see birds and wildlife in Northern Ireland!

Juvenile black-tailed godwits on estuary

Local farmer demonstrates commitment to nature

3 February 2015

East County Down farmers recently attended a demonstration day to learn how they can help birds and wildlife on their land.

Yellowhammer perching in hedge

Get ready for Big Garden Birdwatch!

14 January 2015

The world's biggest wildlife survey is just around the corner and RSPB NI needs you to help make it the best ever!

House sparrow (female)