Balloo Woodland Nature Reserve
We have been trying to improve the diversity of the ground flora at Balloo Woodland and increase the population of our native primrose, Primula vulgaris. We have raised plants from seed and we have kindly received seedlings from a local garden.
We planted out some these seedlings a few years ago and were delighted to see them flowering for the first time on Friday. Unfortunately, on returning to the woodland on Monday, the plants we were admiring a few days earlier were gone. It seems some very selfish person had dug them up. We are trying to establish these plants for everyone to enjoy – wildlife and people alike. This is like stealing a fine work of art from a museum, where everyone can enjoy it, just so one person can selfishly enjoy it in their own home.
Remember, it is illegal to uproot any wild plant under the The Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 and primrose, in particular, is a protected species~ Ryan Bradley, Nature Reserves Officer