Nature Notes

Stoat - Straidkilly, July 2020

Some fantastic trail cam pics captured earlier this summer at Straidkilly, plus butterflies, damsels, dragonflies, and moths at Ballynahone.

Nature reserves may look completely wild, but our 18 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.

Straidkilly Nature Reserve

We finally got round to checking the trail camera footage this week from Straidkilly. Trail cameras are a great wildlife management tool; we use them here on the reserve to primarily monitor the presence of mammals. Red squirrel and stoat were both captured earlier this summer, along with a lovely jay ~ Ryan

Red squirrel - Straidkilly, July 2020

Red squirrel - Straidkilly, July 2020

Stoat - Straidkilly, July 2020

Stoat - Straidkilly, July 2020

Jay - Straidkilly, July 2020

Jay - Straidkilly, July 2020

Ballynahone Bog Nature Reserve

On the bog this week, spotted while I was taking in the weather station for our CAAN peatlands project, We use the weather station to record rainfall data - which assists us to monitor water levels on the bog~ Ronald

Female black darter;  Emerald damselfly; Bog rosemary; Emerald again; Large emerald moth; Clouded border

Bog Meadows Nature Reserve

Sadly its not always good news on our reserves. Over the years we have had problems with anti-social behaviour on some of our sites and this sight greeted me after the weekend. The bin was vandalised and tossed into the pond - so unnecessary and causes such a danger to our precious wildlife. We monitor the site regularly, but the good weather seems to bring out the worst in some people 😢 ~ Deborah

Pond vandalism Bog Meadows July 2020