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Birdcrime report reveals bird of prey killing continues in NI

26 November 2015

A total of 15 magnificent birds of prey were persecuted in Northern Ireland last year, a new report has revealed.

Buzzard landing on ground

Why are my bird feeders full?

13 November 2015

Every winter millions of people start to put out extra food for garden birds. But gardens have been unusually quiet recently, leaving people worried as to why.

Blue tit

Three-quarters of NI children are disconnected from nature

12 November 2015

A survey has revealed 75 per cent of children aged 8 to 12 in Northern Ireland are not as ‘connected’ as they should be to the natural world around them.

Girl looking through magnifying glass

Lottery win for Lough Erne!

2 November 2015

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has granted £2.9 million to preserve and enhance one of Northern Ireland’s greatest natural treasures, Lough Erne in County Fermanagh.

RSPB Lower Lough Erne nature reserve, County Fermanagh

Down farmer crowned wildlife champion

2 November 2015

Local farmer David Sandford has been crowned Northern Ireland’s Wildlife Friendly Farmer of the Year.

Yellowhammer perching in hedge

Seabird success on Rathlin Island

2 November 2015

It’s been a successful seabird breeding season on Rathlin Island, new figures from RSPB Northern Ireland have revealed.

Puffins on Isle of May nature reserve

Give nature a home in your garden

2 November 2015

Now that autumn is well and truly here, it's the perfect time to start getting your garden ready for spring!

Starling hotel

Bumper breeding season at Belfast Lough

2 November 2015

It’s been another successful breeding season for threatened birds at RSPB Northern Ireland’s Belfast Harbour nature reserve, according to new figures.

Common tern hovering above water for fish

Nature conservation organisations call on Stormont to deliver an ambitious vision for nature and people

14 October 2015

An ambitious and inspirational vision and long-term plan is urgently needed to save nature and improve our well-being – that is the clear message from a new report published by a coalition of leading conservation organisations.

Barn owl hunting across a field

Rio the red kite released in County Down

13 October 2015

An injured bird of prey has been released back into the skies of County Down by RSPB Northern Ireland.

Red kite in flight

Fermanagh weather affects breeding birds

28 September 2015

Unseasonably cold and wet weather this spring led to challenging breeding conditions for threatened birds in Fermanagh.

Snipe resting among rushes

Nature thrives at Portmore Lough

28 September 2015

Portmore Lough nature reserve outside Aghalee is home to birds and wildlife from across the globe.


RSPB NI welcomes Pollinator Plan

17 September 2015

Almost 70 organisations, including RSPB Northern Ireland, have agreed a shared plan of action to tackle pollinator decline and make Ireland a place where pollinators can survive and thrive.

Bees on Globe thistle

Funding for NI nature remains uncertain

16 September 2015

Earlier this year the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) announced it was axing its Natural Heritage Grants programme, the lifeblood of many conservation organisations in Northern Ireland.

Stormont and surrounding woodland

RSPB NI Members' Day 2015

27 August 2015

This year’s RSPB Northern Ireland Members’ Day will be held at the recently refurbished Belfast Window on Wildlife (WOW) nature reserve.

GNaH sign

RSPB NI welcomes rural funding announcement

26 August 2015

RSPB Northern Ireland has welcomed the announcement that the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme (RDP) has been approved by the European Commission.

Insect on dewy ears of barley

Threatened species thrive in the Antrim Hills

26 August 2015

Threatened species are thriving in the Antrim Hills thanks to the hard work of local landowners, new figures from RSPB Northern Ireland have revealed.

Curlew profile

Join in, sleep out and get connected to nature

6 August 2015

The RSPB is asking people to sleep outside this weekend (7-9 August) to get closer to nature as part of its Big Wild Sleepout event.

Tichwell sleepout - campsite

Breeding waders on the brink in Northern Ireland

4 August 2015

In a single generation the populations of lapwing, curlew, snipe and redshank in Northern Ireland have declined so drastically that they are now in danger of being lost from our countryside forever.

Adult male snipe in Northumberland

Flutter along to Portmore Lough!

15 July 2015

On Saturday, 25 July flutter along to Portmore Lough near Aghalee for a Big Butterfly Count!

Butterfly on flower

Red kite confirmed shot in County Down

3 July 2015

RSPB Northern Ireland has said its ‘worst fears have been confirmed’ after tests proved a red kite found dead in County Down was deliberately shot.

Red kite in flight

The tricky business of flying the nest!

29 June 2015

At this time of year we receive lots of enquiries from the public about young birds sitting on the ground or hopping about without any sign of their parents.

Wren feeding young at nest

Sleep under the stars with RSPB Northern Ireland!

16 June 2015

Get ready for a camping experience like no other – Big Wild Sleepout is back for 2015!

Big Wild Sleepout at Titchwell

Minister praises project to RESTORE sites for nature

10 June 2015

Representatives from a variety of sectors have gathered together for the first time to discuss the mineral industry’s role in restoring sites for nature conservation and biodiversity.

Bugs-eye view of wet meadow in flower

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)