Get ready for a ‘Summer of Wildlife’ at Bog Meadows

Tuesday 12th June 2018

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Families across West Belfast can look forward to another jam-packed programme of FREE wild events and activities at Bog Meadows Nature Reserve this summer.

From bat walks and bushcraft to wildlife safaris and bird ringing, Ulster Wildlife’s ‘Summer of Wildlife’ kicks off on Friday 15 June and offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors and get closer to your wild neighbours.

Discover a host of weird and wonderful creatures that swim, fly and crawl around this urban oasis on a wildlife safari. Meet Bog Meadows’ feathered friends on a guided walk, with local bird expert Aidan Crean, or try your hand at bat detecting at dusk. 

“ We want to encourage everyone in the local 
community to explore and enjoy nature on their doorstep and feel safer in doing so.”

If your kids want to become wildlife explorers, they can help to find and record insects, birds, and wildflowers by taking part in a bioblitz with Chris Packham himself or, if they fancy themselves as the next Bear Grylls, they can learn about survival in the great outdoors – from creating shelter to foraging for food. 

Teenagers will also be kept entertained with a week-long summer camp in August with a host of wild outdoor adventures to excite them from building bird boxes and bushcraft to the big hit, an overnight camp-out on the nature reserve.

‘Park in the Dark’ on 8 September will bring the programme to a close and is guaranteed to be a cosy evening around the campfire for all the family with toasted marshmallows and stories about Bog Meadows’ secret nightlife. 

Deborah McLaughlin, Nature Reserves Officer with Ulster Wildlife said, “Following the success of last year, we are delighted to offer another summer of fun and exciting wildlife activities at this urban wildlife haven, thanks to funding from the PCSP. We want to encourage everyone in the local community to explore and enjoy nature on their doorstep and feel safer in doing so. All the activities are free, so we hope many will be encouraged to join in and find more to discover and enjoy at Bog Meadows.”

Cllr Brian Heading, Chair of West Belfast District Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP), says, “We aim to create safer, shared communities and are pleased to support this project by Ulster Wildlife. Our small grants fund projects prevent, reduce and address community safety issues and help people feel safer. Small grants are the perfect way for us to support community and voluntary groups at a local level and to help build relationships between community voluntary groups and PCSP’s.”

Summer of Wildlife Events at Bog Meadows Nature Reserve
• Friday 15 June, 7pm to 9pm - Bog Meadows Bird Song with Aidan Crean
• Saturday 23 June, 7pm to 9pm - Walking Tour at Bog Meadows and Milltown Cemetery with Aidan Crean
• Friday 29 June, 7pm to 9pm - Foraging in Bog Meadows with Buzzard Bush Craft
• Saturday 7 July, 7pm to 9pm - Wildlife Safari with Aidan Crean
• Tuesday 17 July, 9am to 12noon - Chris Packham BioBlitz at Bog Meadows (Note: Chris Packham will be dropping by for a short time only)
• Saturday 21 July, 7pm to 9pm - Bush Craft & Survival Skills with Buzzard Bush Craft
• Saturday 4 August, 11am to 1pm - Explore your Local Green Spaces with Aidan Crean
• Monday 13 – Friday 17 August, 10am to 4pm – Teen Wild Summer Camp with Aidan Crean & Buzzard Bushcraft
• Friday 17 August, 7pm to 9pm - Bird Ringing at Bog Meadows with Aidan Crean
• Friday 24 August, 8pm to 10pm - Go Batty for Bats with Ulster Wildlife
• Saturday 8 September, 8.30pm to 10.30pm - Park in the Dark with Aidan Crean

As places are limited, booking is required for all events, except the BioBlitz event with Chris Packham on 17th July - contact Ulster Wildlife on 028 9045 4094 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

To find out more about the Summer of Wildlife events at Bog Meadows, visit

These events are funded by the West DPCSP through Belfast City Council. 



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