Nature Notes 29 September 2020
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.
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve
Over the last three weeks, we’ve been cutting back the rushes at Slievenacloy to stop them encroaching on the species-rich grassland. This work takes place annually, at the end of the bird-nesting season, and is essential to maintain Slievenacloy’s fragile habitats and special wildlife ~ Ronald
Although it’s coming towards the end of the common lizard season in the upland areas, I still saw 12 this afternoon at Slievenacloy (2 groups of 5 and 2 individuals) – all were this year's newborns ~ Philp McErlean, Volunteer Lizard Surveyor.
There's quite a large flock of goldfinches hanging around Slievenacloy at the moment - there's a few hundred in the flock, they're pretty active so can be at any part of the site but once you catch up with them they're a real treat to see (and hear!) ~ Andy