Nature Notes 23 February 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.

Glenarm Nature Reserve

We have been busy this week clearing an area at Glenarm Nature Reserve for wood crane's-bill planting - a rare violet wildflower found exclusively in Co Antrim. Did you know that this wildflower was considered extinct until the 1990s when found in Glenarm area? By planting seeds here from a nearby site, we will be able to increase the range of this rare species ~ John McLaughlin, Nature Reserves Officer

Umbra Nature Reserve

The team have also been clearing gorse from the Umbra to ensure the survival of this species-rich sand dune on the north coast, which is one of the best sites for butterflies and moths in Northern Ireland. ~ John McLaughlin, Nature Reserves Officer

Nature Reserves Team, Umbra
ESC Volunteers, Umbra

Bog Meadows Nature Reserve

Check out this beautiful Turkeytail fungus found by Gemma, one of our Nature Skills trainees on some dead tree stumps on the nature reserve. It gets its name because its shape and varied colour are similar to those of a wild turkey ~ Deborah McLaughlin, Bog Meadows Community Engagement Officer

Slievenacloy Nature Reserve

Our Nature Skills Trainees and ESC Volunteers have been fixing the newly installed fence at Slievenacloy last week after a car ripped out a section ~ Ronald Surgenor, Nature Reserves Officer