News https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news News listing, showing all news items. en Young farmers’ club first to fly prestigious Green Flag award https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/young-farmers-club-first-fly-prestigious-green-flag-award Young people from Lisnamurrican Young Farmers Club (YFC) were celebrating last week when they received the first-ever Eco-Clubs Green Flag Award in Northern Ireland from Edwin Poots MLA, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. Tue, 15 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/young-farmers-club-first-fly-prestigious-green-flag-award Sad loss of passionate environmental champion https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/sad-loss-passionate-environmental-champion It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the passing of Brian Black - a friend and member of Ulster Wildlife. Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/sad-loss-passionate-environmental-champion Explore your shore this National Marine Week with Ulster Wildlife’s ‘Big Rockpool Ramble’ https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/explore-your-shore-national-marine-week-ulster-wildlifes-big-rockpool-ramble Ulster Wildlife has launched Northern Ireland’s first-ever Big Rockpool Ramble and is inviting everyone to get outdoors and explore their fin-tastic rocky shore wildlife to help with local wildlife conservation efforts. Mon, 27 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/explore-your-shore-national-marine-week-ulster-wildlifes-big-rockpool-ramble Farmers delivering environmental benefits on a landscape scale https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/farmers-delivering-environmental-benefits-landscape-scale &quot;It’s incredible to be educated about the huge abundance of native plant and animal species that rely on our farmland habitats which need to be managed in the right way&quot; - Trevor Irwin, EFS Group member and Fermanagh farmer Tue, 07 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/farmers-delivering-environmental-benefits-landscape-scale Its time for a Green Recovery https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/its-time-green-recovery Today Ulster Wildlife joined with over 40 local environmental, community and business groups to call for the NI Executive to prioritise green investment to support long-term recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Tue, 26 May 2020 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/its-time-green-recovery We are Victoria Square’s Charity of the Year https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/we-are-victoria-squares-charity-year Ulster Wildlife, Northern Ireland’s largest local nature conservation charity, has been named Victoria Square’s Charity of the year for 2020. Victoria Square, Northern Ireland’s premier retail experience in the heart of Belfast, aims to raise much-needed funds for local wildlife and wild places here in Northern Ireland. Tue, 10 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/we-are-victoria-squares-charity-year Help needed to locate barn owl nest sites https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/help-needed-locate-barn-owl-nest-sites Ulster Wildlife is appealing to the public to help with locating new nest sites to safeguard the future of this endangered bird. <br /> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/help-needed-locate-barn-owl-nest-sites Environmental organisations unite in objection to gas storage project that could significantly impact wildlife and protected habitats https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/environmental-organisations-unite-objection-gas-storage-project-could-significantly-impact The health of the marine environment, its protected habitats and species found off Islandmagee in County Antrim are under considerable threat if a marine licence application for a gas storage project is granted by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA). Thu, 06 Feb 2020 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/environmental-organisations-unite-objection-gas-storage-project-could-significantly-impact Young activists demand urgent action for the environment https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/young-activists-demand-urgent-action-environment Forty young activists met with policymakers at Stormont today to set out their demands for safeguarding the environment, as they play their part in shaping Northern Ireland’s first-ever environment strategy, which is currently out for public consultation. Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/young-activists-demand-urgent-action-environment Rostrevor photographer’s adorable fox cubs are the face of charity calendar https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/rostrevor-photographers-adorable-fox-cubs-are-face-charity-calendar Two adorable fox cubs captured by Rostrevor photographer Louis McNally are the face of Ulster Wildlife’s 2020 Calendar, which is on sale now to help raise vital funds for local wildlife. Thu, 12 Dec 2019 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/rostrevor-photographers-adorable-fox-cubs-are-face-charity-calendar IKEA Belfast helps build a brighter future for barn owls https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/ikea-belfast-helps-build-brighter-future-barn-owls IKEA Belfast has teamed up with Ulster Wildlife to help raise much-needed funds for one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful but endangered birds: the barn owl. Thu, 28 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/ikea-belfast-helps-build-brighter-future-barn-owls Inspirational youth receive awards for championing nature https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/inspirational-youth Young people’s outstanding efforts to protect nature in Northern Ireland were recognised last week at the annual Grassroots Challenge Awards ceremony at Lisburn Civic Centre, with special guest Ferne Corrigan, TV wildlife presenter. Tue, 26 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/inspirational-youth NIE Networks soaring high in the protection of Northern Ireland's wildlife https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/nie-networks-soaring-high-protection-northern-irelands-wildlife NIE Networks has announced that it is playing a vital role in the protection of Northern Ireland’s wildlife and surrounding environment through a three-year partnership with Ulster Wildlife, having been awarded a Wildlife Aware accreditation by the charity. Mon, 28 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000 sonia_esteban https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/nie-networks-soaring-high-protection-northern-irelands-wildlife New report reveals that prescribing nature is excellent value for money https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-report-reveals-prescribing-nature-excellent-value-money Call for green prescribing to become widespread<br /> Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0100 sonia_esteban https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-report-reveals-prescribing-nature-excellent-value-money State of Nature in NI: Long-term plan needed, with species in decline and one in five threatened with extinction https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/state-nature-ni-long-term-plan-needed-species-decline-and-one-five-threatened-extinction Wildlife continues to decline in the UK, according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The report reveals that 11% of 2,450 species across the island of Ireland are threatened with extinction including the small blue butterfly, cuckoo bumblebee and spiny dogfish. Fri, 04 Oct 2019 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/state-nature-ni-long-term-plan-needed-species-decline-and-one-five-threatened-extinction Boost for endangered barn owls as new nest site discovered https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/boost-endangered-barn-owls-new-nest-site-discovered Northern Ireland’s tiny barn owl population has been given a much-needed boost with the discovery of a new nest site in Co. Down. Wed, 10 Jul 2019 13:00:00 +0100 sonia_esteban https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/boost-endangered-barn-owls-new-nest-site-discovered New wildlife guide launched for Glenarm Coast https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-wildlife-guide-launched-glenarm-coast A comprehensive and illustrated guide to help wildlife watchers explore the stunning Glenarm coastline has been launched by Glenarm Wildlife Group and Ulster Wildlife. Wed, 05 Jun 2019 13:00:00 +0100 sonia_esteban https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-wildlife-guide-launched-glenarm-coast Translink strengthens its commitment to wildlife https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/translink-strengthens-its-commitment-wildlife Translink is highlighting International Day for Biological Diversity (22nd May) by building on its commitment to championing wildlife and becoming a corporate member of Ulster Wildlife. Wed, 22 May 2019 13:00:00 +0100 sonia_esteban https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/translink-strengthens-its-commitment-wildlife Concentrix staff raises a hoot for barn owls https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/concentrix-staff-raises-hoot-barn-owls Staff at Concentrix Belfast have been making wildlife their business by raising £1,090 to help protect endangered barn owls in Northern Ireland. Mon, 20 May 2019 13:00:00 +0100 sonia_esteban https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/concentrix-staff-raises-hoot-barn-owls Chaka Travel takes flight for nature https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/chaka-travel-takes-flight-nature We are delighted to welcome Chaka Travel as a Standard Level Corporate Member – the latest local business champion for local nature conservation. Mon, 15 Apr 2019 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/chaka-travel-takes-flight-nature Concentrix staff get closer to nature with Earth Month campaign https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/concentrix-staff-get-closer-nature-earth-month-campaign Concentrix in Belfast has partnered with Ulster Wildlife as part of their Earth Month campaign launched this week, aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues and sustainable development amongst their staff. Fri, 05 Apr 2019 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/concentrix-staff-get-closer-nature-earth-month-campaign Stars speak up for wildlife in new film trailer hitting cinemas this weekend https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/stars-speak-wildlife-new-film-trailer-hitting-cinemas-weekend Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Alison Steadman and Asim Chaudhry have backed a new Wilder Future campaign from The Wildlife Trusts that calls for nature’s recovery in the UK. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/stars-speak-wildlife-new-film-trailer-hitting-cinemas-weekend Gardeners urged to make a splash for wildlife https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/gardeners-urged-make-splash-wildlife For this year’s Wild About Gardens challenge, The Wildlife Trusts and the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are calling on people to put in a pond. From mini container ponds to larger sunken ponds, it’s THE garden feature that can make the biggest difference to wildlife. Thu, 28 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/gardeners-urged-make-splash-wildlife Traineeship opens path to wild career for six passionate people https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/traineeship-opens-path-wild-career-six-passionate-people Thanks to funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Nature Skills NI Programme, six passionate and talented people are celebrating their success having completed a year-long paid traineeship with Ulster Wildlife. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/traineeship-opens-path-wild-career-six-passionate-people Public invited to help with 2019 All-Ireland Squirrel and Pine Marten Survey https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/public-invited-help-2019-all-ireland-squirrel-and-pine-marten-survey Members of the public are invited to participate in a Citizen Science survey, and record their sightings of red squirrels, grey squirrels and pine martens. Mon, 11 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/public-invited-help-2019-all-ireland-squirrel-and-pine-marten-survey NIE Networks helps employees become more 'wildlife aware' https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/nie-networks-helps-employees-become-more-wildlife-aware NIE Networks has been working with Ulster Wildlife to train employees about some of Northern Ireland’s most protected wildlife, as part of our ongoing partnership. Wed, 06 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/nie-networks-helps-employees-become-more-wildlife-aware Students create much-needed homes for endangered barn owl https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/students-create-much-needed-homes-endangered-barn-owl Creative woodwork students at North West Regional College have designed and manufactured ten bespoke owl boxes to assist Ulster Wildlife with its barn owl conservation work. Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/students-create-much-needed-homes-endangered-barn-owl Belfast Zoo red squirrels provide welcome boost to Montalto Estate https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/belfast-zoo-red-squirrels-provide-welcome-boost-montalto-estate Two red squirrels from Belfast Zoo have been released into Montalto Estate, in Ballynahinch, in a bid to boost numbers of this endangered mammal in County Down. Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/belfast-zoo-red-squirrels-provide-welcome-boost-montalto-estate Bumper brood of barn owls celebrated in Crumlin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/bumper-brood-barn-owls-celebrated-crumlin Barn owls nesting on privately-owned farmland, near Crumlin, have given birth to five chicks this year, the largest brood recorded here according to conservationists. Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/bumper-brood-barn-owls-celebrated-crumlin €8.3m boost to protect precious peatlands and wetlands in Ireland and Scotland https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/eu83m-boost-protect-precious-peatlands-and-wetlands-ireland-and-scotland An €8.3m EU funded environmental project, which will help to restore natural habitats and protect endangered species across a range of project sites throughout Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland is now underway. Ulster Wildlife is one of the partners in the new Collaborative Action for the Natura Network (CANN), which is funded by the EU‟s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/eu83m-boost-protect-precious-peatlands-and-wetlands-ireland-and-scotland Red squirrels born in zoo given new home at Silent Valley https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/red-squirrels-born-zoo-given-new-home-silent-valley Two red squirrels born in Belfast Zoo have been released into Silent Valley Mountain Park, as part of a nationwide scheme to boost numbers of this much-loved but endangered mammal. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/red-squirrels-born-zoo-given-new-home-silent-valley Public urged to get hooked on sharks this World Ocean’s Day https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/public-urged-get-hooked-sharks-world-oceans-day Ulster Wildlife is encouraging sea anglers and coast lovers to get involved in efforts to protect some of our most endangered marine wildlife: sharks, skates and rays, as we mark World Ocean’s Day today (8 June). Fri, 08 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/public-urged-get-hooked-sharks-world-oceans-day New sightings spark hopes for endangered red squirrels in North Down https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-sightings-spark-hopes-endangered-red-squirrels-north-down A recent survey carried out by Ulster Wildlife has revealed new sightings of red squirrels in the Craigantlet Hills, as well as urban pine martens in Belfast, sparking fresh hope for these endangered mammals. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-sightings-spark-hopes-endangered-red-squirrels-north-down 25 Year Plan now needed for Northern Ireland’s environment https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/25-year-plan-now-needed-northern-irelands-environment As the UK Government today published its long-awaited 25 Year Plan for the Environment, a coalition of environmental NGOs, including Ulster Wildlife, is calling for a similar long-term strategy to protect the environment in Northern Ireland. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/25-year-plan-now-needed-northern-irelands-environment New report links volunteering in nature with better mental health https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-report-links-volunteering-nature-better-mental-health The Wildlife Trusts have published a new report which examines the effects of volunteering in nature on people’s mental health. Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-report-links-volunteering-nature-better-mental-health AES puts its power into plan to protect wildlife https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/aes-puts-its-power-plan-protect-wildlife A plan to protect and enhance the wildlife surrounding two of Northern Ireland’s largest power stations has been launched today electricity generator AES UK &amp; Ireland, in partnership with Ulster Wildlife. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/aes-puts-its-power-plan-protect-wildlife Budding Attenboroughs get set for career in conservation, thanks to National Lottery funding https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/budding-attenboroughs-get-set-career-conservation-thanks-national-lottery-funding Twenty-one budding Attenboroughs from Northern Ireland are set to get the skills and training to pursue a career in nature conservation, thanks to a new three-year programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/budding-attenboroughs-get-set-career-conservation-thanks-national-lottery-funding New research highlights skills gaps in the environmental conservation sector https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-research-highlights-skills-gaps-environmental-conservation-sector Lantra, in conjunction with Ulster Wildlife, recently undertook research looking at employability skills in Northern Ireland’s environmental conservation sector. Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/new-research-highlights-skills-gaps-environmental-conservation-sector Ulster Wildlife expresses concern over badger cull plans https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/ulster-wildlife-expresses-concern-over-badger-cull-plans Ulster Wildlife has expressed concern about the strategy on bovine TB (bTB) eradication for Northern Ireland which was launched last week by the TB Strategic Partnership Group. This could see large numbers of healthy badgers culled within ten intervention areas across Northern Ireland. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/ulster-wildlife-expresses-concern-over-badger-cull-plans Four new marine protected areas welcomed for NI's seas https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/four-new-marine-protected-areas-welcomed-nis-seas The Northern Ireland Marine Task Force (NIMTF), a coalition of ten environmental organisations including Ulster Wildlife, today welcomed the designation of four new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) for our seas. Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/four-new-marine-protected-areas-welcomed-nis-seas Grassroots initiative helps young people champion nature https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/grassroots-initiative-helps-young-people-champion-nature The future’s bright for Northern Ireland’s young people and wildlife thanks to a brand new initiative led by Ulster Wildlife – the Grassroots Challenge. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/grassroots-initiative-helps-young-people-champion-nature Former sewage lagoons to be transformed into wildlife haven https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/former-sewage-lagoons-be-transformed-wildlife-haven A series of former sewage sludge lagoons outside Craigavon, known as Ballynacor, are being transformed into a haven for wildflowers and threatened pollinators. Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/former-sewage-lagoons-be-transformed-wildlife-haven Lounging lizards lurking in hot spot in Belfast Hills https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/lounging-lizards-lurking-hot-spot-belfast-hills It may seem strange to think we have lizards living in Belfast, but this native reptile is more common than you think and can be found lurking on the outskirts of the city. Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/lounging-lizards-lurking-hot-spot-belfast-hills Strange sounds of snoring could lead to barn owls https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/strange-sounds-snoring-could-lead-barn-owls Have you heard any strange snoring sounds on these summer nights? There’s a possibility that it may not in fact be your other half, but could be the sound of snoring barn owl chicks coming through your open windows. Tue, 02 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0100 trustadmin https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/news/strange-sounds-snoring-could-lead-barn-owls