Nature Notes 9 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.

Bog Meadows Nature Reserve

Bog Meadows wetland is functioning well this week, soaking up all that excess rain water. This means some of our paths are flooded though. If you do decide to visit, be sure to wear wellington boots ~ Deborah McLaughlin, Bog Meadows Community Engagement Officer

Moneygal Bog

The Nature Reserves trainees and ESC volunteers joined the peatlands team yesterday at Moneygal Bog.  Although it's not an Ulster Wildlife nature reserve, we are helping to restore this precious peatland site as part of the Collaborative Action for Natura Network (CANN) project.  

While drain blocking on Moneygal Bog, a digger became bogged. Getting it out left some bare peat, so we put some coir logs down to hold the water back and covered areas with straw to give the mosses a better chance to recolonise ~ Trish Fox, Senior Technical Officer