Observations From Our Nature Reserves
Our first Nature Note is from Michael Meharg, conservation cattle grazier at our Slievenacloy Nature Reserve. A grassland paradise in the Belfast Hills, home to a stunning variety of rare wildlife.
Industrialisation of the Belfast Hills
Last week James Devenney took this stunning photograph of Divis and Black Mountain from Slievenacloy. The TV masts, wind turbine, quarry, electric poles, chicken house and coniferous forest all highlight the industrialisation of the Belfast Hills. This landscape shows how the peri-urban fringe is under multiple land-use pressures and highlights how valuable tracts of land, like our Nature Reserve at Slievenacloy are to protect important wildlife and landscape.