• 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 in partnership with TEDxStormont Countdown: Entries Now Open

    Guest blog by Rosie Murdock, RSPB NI Communications Officer

    RSPB NI's Artist of the Year Competition 2021

    RSPB Northern Ireland is looking for its Artists of the Year 2021

    Competition theme 

    Could you paint for nature, crochet for climate or sculpt for sustainability?

    RSPB NI is working hard to raise awareness and find solutions to the nature and climate emergency both here in Northern Ireland and across the globe.

    We recognise that throughout history big changes…

    • 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
  • Green Glossary: learn more about the nature and climate crises

    Guest blog by Rosie Murdock, RSPB NI Communications Officer Curious or confused about green terminology? Unpick the climate and nature crises with our handy Green Glossary. We will help you know your COP26 from your carbon sink and your net zero fro...
    • 14 Dec 2020
  • A Christmas feast for our garden birds

    Christmas may look quite different for many of us this year, but your garden birds will be just as hungry as ever! In the winter there are less natural food sources available in the countryside, so any food you put out in your garden or balcony will be very gratefully received.

    Phil Carson, RSPB NI Policy Officer, gives a flavour of how you can keep the birds well fed in winter. 

    “The weather is getting a lot colder and…

    • 11 Dec 2020
  • Mapping a better future: new tool reveals the power of peat in delivering a green recovery

    The UK’s peatlands are in such poor condition that they are releasing more carbon than the annual emissions of all HGVs on UK roads! But a new mapping tool is proving that if these crucial habitats are restored and well-managed, they will be key to helping Northern Ireland deliver a green recovery.

    Dungonnell Peat Dams by Henry McLaughlin Northern Ireland Water

    Dungonnell Peat Dams by Henry McLaughlin Northern Ireland Water

    The Garron Plateau peatland in County Antrim is…
    • 10 Dec 2020
  • Five things we learned from the experts at our ‘Towards a Green Recovery’ webinar

    We have a huge opportunity to change the future of Northern Ireland for the better. We can have a thriving countryside full of wildlife; a scheme that enables people to transition into green jobs; sustainable energy and transport; energy-efficient insulation in our homes; and more access to nature-rich green spaces to improve our health and wellbeing. A Green Recovery, if we get it right, will benefit us all.

    Towards a Green Recovery webinar panel
    • 4 Dec 2020
  • Giving back to nature: Goldsmith and the goldfinches!

    Guest blog by Terry Goldsmith, RSPB NI Senior Fundraising Officer

    I joined RSPB NI in July 2014 having had a 34-year career in banking. It may have seemed like quite a leap from there to the fundraising team based at Belvoir Park Forest in Belfast, but it was, in fact, a much more gradual, and perhaps even a pre-determined process.
    I spent the first 10 years of my life growing up in an area of terraced housing with no green…

    • 2 Dec 2020