Nature Notes 16 March 2021

Observations from staff and members on our Nature Reserves this week.

Nature reserves may look completely wild, but our 19 reserves across Northern Ireland are actually carefully managed by a dedicated team. We protect, restore and create a mix of habitats where wildlife can thrive.

Bog Meadows Nature Reserve

A big thank you this week to Rivers Agency for clearing a blocked section of the Ballymurphy Stream which flows through Bog Meadows. The water is now flowing freely once again. A big thank you also to our fantastic trainees and volunteers for clearing all the rubbish that came out of the stream, and helping to protect the nature reserve and it's wildlife. 

Our Nature Skills Trainees and ESC volunteers  have also been busy building a hazel fence at Bog Meadows which will be used as a natural barrier in an educational area. It will also be beneficial for wildlife: birds, small mammals and insects.  ~ Deborah McLaughlin, Bog Meadows Community Engagement Officer

Hazel fence, Bog Meadows

Glenarm Nature Reserve

We have had lots of frogspawn this year at Glenarm Nature Reserve. Did you know that common frogs can be green,  brown and even red or yellow? They are also the only species of frog found in Northern Ireland ~ John McLaughlin, Nature Reserves Officer