• Great Big Green Week with RSPB NI: Revive our World workshops and events (18 – 26 September)

    Great Big Green Week will take place 18 – 26 September 2021 and is set to be the largest event for climate and nature ever seen in the UK, with thousands of events planned. It aims to call on politicians to raise their ambition and champion ac...
    • 3 Sep 2021
  • Welcome wildlife to your garden this autumn

    As blackberries ripen in the hedges, the first signs of autumn are appearing and most of our summer visitors are beginning their migration south to sunnier spots. In our gardens, petals are beginning to drop as our once impressive summer blooms star...
    • 3 Sep 2021
  • High and dry. Why the Belfast WOW lagoon is looking drier this summer.

    If you’ve recently visited Belfast’s Window on Wildlife you might have noticed that the usual oasis of calm water stretching out towards Belfast Lough looks a little different …  The most recent spell of dr...
    • 15 Jul 2021
  • Saw something fishy? How to make a complaint if an environmental law is broken

    Guest blog by Jane Clarke, RSPB NI Nature Protection Officer

    Swan in polluted river

    From fly-tipping, and noise and light pollution, to air and water quality, and protected sites and species; there are a variety of laws in place to protect nature across Northern Ireland. To ensure that individuals, businesses, and the Government are adhering to these laws, we need effective oversight or governance. That’s why RSPB NI is working to ensure that…

    • 11 Jul 2021
  • Why Northern Ireland’s Climate Change Bill must be ambitious

    Reducing Northern Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions to halt the impact of climate change will require transformation at every level. It’s not going to be easy. But if we want to save species, protect air quality, prevent coastal towns from rising sea levels and preserve our ability to grow food, then it’s a challenge we all must overcome.

    Common swift_Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)

    Photo credit: Common swift by Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)

    • 21 Jun 2021
  • World Oceans Day 2021 – celebrating the wonders in Northern Ireland’s waters

    What better way to celebrate World Oceans Day than by diving into stories about the wonders of Northern Ireland’s waters, as told by the people who work to protect them.

    Common dolphins by Dr Donal Griffin

    Photo credit: Common dolphins by Dr Donal Griffin, Northern Ireland Marine Task Force Office 

    United Nations World Oceans Day recognises the vital role the oceans play in our everyday lives. Covering over 70% of the Earth’s surface, they supply…

    • 8 Jun 2021
  • Volunteers Week: Introducing RSPB NI’s New Volunteering Development Officer

    This #VolunteersWeek we want to say a HUGE thank you to all who have volunteered their time and expertise in support of RSPB NI’s vital conservation work. The RSPB could not function without volunteers, in fact 85% of our workforce are volunteers. That’s over 12,000 volunteers across the UK. Our volunteers do everything from pulling reeds in local reserves, to co-ordinating and supporting RSPB projects, campaigning for…

    • 3 Jun 2021
  • Setting our sites on nature’s recovery

    Guest blog by Jane Clarke, RSPB NI Nature Protection Policy Officer  

    Seal by Hazel Watson

    Picture credit: Seal by Hazel Watson

    From wintering birds on the shores of Strangford Lough to the seals at Murlough, and the blanket bogs of Cuilcagh Mountain in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland is home to an amazing range of species and habitats. However, nature is in crisis, even in the areas where it is protected by law. That’s why RSPB is working to…

    • 27 May 2021
  • RSPB NI's Artist of the Year

    Guest blog by Rosie Murdock, RSPB NI Communications Officer

    https://youtu.be/4gq40_oDeaQ

     Winners of RSPB NI's Artist of the Year in each category

    Under 8

    Matthew McManus, Age 7

    8-11

    Jamie McAuley, Age 8

    12-17

    Chloe Roberts, Age 16

    18+

    Irene MacWilliam

    Highly Commended 

    Rory Hughes, Age 7

    Sarah Anderson, Age 10

    Oonagh Walker, Age 13

    Lauren Martin

    This competition is now closed.

    Competition theme 

    Could you paint…

    • 24 May 2021
  • History in the making – the Climate Change Bill passes the Second Stage!

    One of Northern Ireland’s most important pieces of legislation was debated in the NI Assembly on Monday 10 May – our first Climate Change Bill. After seven hours, MLAs cast their vote… and the result was a win for nature (and all of us) with the Assembly voting in favour of progressing the Bill to the next stage!

    Puffin on Rathlin Island by Hazel Watson (rspb-images.com)

    Puffin on Rathlin Island by Hazel Watson (rspb-images.com)

    None of this would have been…

    • 17 May 2021
  • Keeping track of our returning swifts!


    This summer marks five years since we undertook our groundbreaking and collaborative swift tracking study with the BTO.

    The two-year study involved placing long-term deployment tags (essentially miniature 1g backpacks!) on the swifts in Northern Ireland and gave us a scintillating snapshot into the autumn-winter movements of three birds from Belfast, Antrim and Portadown on their epic migration to sub-Saharan Africa.

    • 28 Apr 2021
  • Northern Ireland's Curlews in Crisis

    World Curlew Day guest blog by Seán Woods and Neal Warnock, Senior Conservation Officers for RSPB NI 

    Curlew in flight wings outstretched against a clear blue sky 

    Today is World Curlew Day, and to mark it Seán Woods and Neal Warnock from our operations team, are sharing some information about RSPB’s latest work to save the species in Northern Ireland. 
     
    The once familiar call of the curlew is a sound sadly fading into memories and stories. Since the mid-1980s the breeding…

    • 21 Apr 2021
  • How will the Climate Change Bill become law in Northern Ireland?

    Guest blog by Rosie Murdock, RSPB NI Communications Officer

    Time to make history. Ask your MLAs to vote in favour of the Climate Change Bill

    Do you feel that the scale of the climate emergency is overwhelming? Are you worried that it’s too late to turn it around? Well, we have good news for you; there are solutions, and right now work is being undertaken to create a sustainable future for everyone.

    One of the most important solutions is to ensure that we have our own climate laws in Northern…

    • 19 Apr 2021
  • Searching the skies for majestic red kites


    RSPB NI is asking members of the public to report any sightings of majestic red kites as we enter the 2021 breeding season.

    If you are out walking in and around Castlewellan, Katesbridge, Moneyslane, Ballyward in County Down or spending time in the Mournes as stay local restrictions ease, let us know if you spot any red kites. County Down remains the hot-spot for these striking birds of prey, but they have been seen all…

    • 25 Mar 2021
  • A massive thank you to everyone who called for a Green Recovery Fund for Northern Ireland.

    This is just a small update filled with a BIG thank you from RSPB NI to everyone who took part in our campaign calling for a Green Recovery Fund to Revive Our World. Nearly 1,200 of you sent an email to the Northern Ireland Finance Minister asking for vital funding to restore nature. This is the biggest response we’ve had to a government targeted campaign in Northern Ireland for years!

    Starling. Ben Andrew (rspb-images.com)

    Starling by Ben Andrew (rspb…

    • 19 Mar 2021
  • What to do if you find a baby bird and other FAQs

    In this handy blog, we’ve shared a collection of commonly asked questions RSPB NI receives during breeding season. Read on for advice on what to do and how to help our feathered friends and fledgling families
    • 16 Mar 2021
  • International Women’s Day: Three women who choose to challenge for nature

    Guest blog by Roisin Kearney, RSPB NI Conservation Officer


    Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), which aims to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We feel this especially keenly within the RSPB, which was originally founded by inspirational women in the late 19th century.
    These women fought bravely for what they believed in, namely the protection of our wonderful birds…

    • 8 Mar 2021
  • “Why I campaign to save nature” - activist and student, Dakota Reid, shares why change starts with people taking action

    How campaigning can save nature – featuring an interview with Dakota Reid, Queen’s University student and environmental activist.

    Young campaigners protesting against climate change

    Youth Strike for Climate March 2019

    Northern Ireland has lost more nature than any other part of the UK. We’re also the only country in the UK whose government hasn’t committed vital Green Recovery funding to turn this around. This might feel like an impossible obstacle…

    • 2 Mar 2021
  • On the trail of the godwits in Northern Ireland

    Discover how black-tailed godwits swap Iceland for Irish coastlines, learn how to ID them and find out where and when they can be spotted in Northern Ireland.
    • 24 Feb 2021
  • Don’t go back to normal – it only takes 2 minutes to help revive our world

    When you think of life after the pandemic, how does it look? Do you want to see more birds and bees in our towns and countryside? How about greener energy powering our cars and homes? Or the Government committing to legal targets to halt the warming our of planet?

    You don’t need to imagine this future - a green recovery can help make it happen.

    Northern Ireland needs a Green Recovery Fund

    A green recovery is Northern Ireland’s chance to rebuild our…

    • 18 Feb 2021
  • What we learnt from our Food, Farming and Land Convention

    Guest blog by Phil Carson, RSPB NI Policy Officer Sustainable Farming

    Imagine a thriving countryside that’s rich in nature, supports rural livelihoods and helps communities adapt to climate change. Think of a future where nature is cherished for the vital role it plays in supporting our prosperity. This is the vision painted by farmers, producers, policymakers and conservationists at our two-day Food, Farming and…

    • 18 Feb 2021
  • Show your love for nature in Northern Ireland



    To mark Valentine’s Day, we would LOVE you to connect with nature. Here are five ways for you to play your part and help us give nature a home and protect our precious species and habitats:

    1. Take action and help to Revive our World

    A green recovery from Covid-19 is our chance to revive our world and build a better, greener and fairer future for Northern Ireland. If you love nature, this is an opportunity we can…

    • 10 Feb 2021
  • Can you help us secure targets in law by taking part in a new consultation for nature?

    RSPB NI is encouraging everyone to speak up for nature by giving their views on a new Environment and Nature Restoration Bill

    Snipe. Photo credit Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)

    Snipe. Photo credit Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)


    Guest blog by Jane Clarke, RSPB NI Nature Protection Policy Officer

    In September 2020, over 1,000 of you joined 79,000 members and supporters across the UK in petitioning the government to #ReviveOurWorld. The Northern Ireland Assembly heard your…

    • 20 Jan 2021
  • Counting birds by boat – a different type of ‘Birdwatch’ in Fermanagh

    Guest blog by Amy Burns, RSPB NI Estate Manager, Lower Lough Erne

    I work on the RSPB’s most westerly reserve - Lower Lough Erne Islands in Fermanagh - comprising 46 islands dotted across the second largest freshwater lake in the UK. We manage the site for the benefit of a wide range of species, including curlews, Sandwich terns and red squirrels.
    I love taking part in the Big Garden Birdwatch at home every January…

    • 5 Jan 2021
  • Looking back at 2020: celebrating our campaigning success stories during a year that changed everything

    Set against the backdrop of a devastating global pandemic, 2020 has brought more unprecedented challenges than any other. It has changed the way we live and work, how we connect with friends and family, and forced us to re-evaluate our relationship with nature.

    Roseate tern by Tim Melling (rspb-images.com)

    Roseate tern by Tim Melling (rspb-images.com)


    This year has taken an incredible toll on everyone's lives and we understand it might seem hard to look back…

    • 15 Dec 2020