• Why we need an adequate Climate Bill, and fast

    Guest blog by Ruby Free, Campaigning Communications Officer, RSPB NI

    Rathlin Island by Ruby Free

    The clock is ticking on the NI Assembly passing a Climate Bill into law, it is just two short months until the end of the Assembly term and legislation is currently only at the Consideration Stage, it needs to progress quickly!

    As the only part of the UK and Ireland without its own climate legislation, we have a critical opportunity…

    • 19 Jan 2022
  • RSPB NI Local Group 2022 Online Talks Programme

    Here’s a rundown of some of the fantastic free online talks that the RSPB NI local groups have planned for this year.
    • 22 Dec 2021
  • How to help garden birds with a festive feast at Christmas

    Winter can be a difficult time of year for birds, natural food sources are harder to find and there's less daylight time to hunt for morsels to eat. Why not share a little festive cheer and reduce your own food waste by feeding the birds?
    • 21 Dec 2021
  • How to have a greener Christmas

    For hundreds of years, green has been one of the traditional colours of Christmas so this festive season, why not go a little greener?
    • 15 Dec 2021
  • Help us secure an ambitious Environment Strategy to #ReviveOurWorld

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

    MLA's at Stormont with RSPB NI - Ciara Ferguson, Philip McGuigan, John Blair, Dolores Kelly

    From making space for bugs and birds in our gardens, to nature friendly farming everyone has a role to play to revive our world, especially the NI Executive.

    To turn the tide on nature’s decline, all departments must work together, and the new draft Environment Strategy should be an action plan to do this. However, at RSPB NI, we feel it lacks ambition…

    • 13 Dec 2021
  • Farming for the Future

    Guest blog by Ruby Free, Campaigning Communications Officer, RSPB NI

    The farmers making changes to give nature a home

    RSPB NI is working in partnership with farmers across Northern Ireland to protect and restore biodiversity. Their farms showcase nature-based solutions in action and how small changes to farming practice can help #ReviveOurWorld.

    It’s important we share the incredible work farmers are doing to restore…

    • 13 Dec 2021
  • Wildlife Watching in Winter

    As we head into winter, it can be tempting to just cosy-up and hibernate indoors – but we’d be missing out. It’s a great time to spot feathered visitors and some of nature’s most dazzling displays.
    • 3 Dec 2021
  • Celebrate your inner Robin at Belfast WOW this Christmas

    To celebrate Aardman’s new festive tale about a young robin trying to fit in, which debuts on Netflix on 24 November - something WoW is coming to Belfast.
    • 15 Nov 2021
  • Rallying to Revive Our World - Global Day of Action, Belfast

    On Saturday 6th November 2021, RSPB rallied its staff, volunteers, and supporters to attend the Global Day of Action rallies throughout the UK, and in Belfast, it was no different!
    • 12 Nov 2021
  • For Peats Sake - one simple action that can make a big difference for nature and climate

    By choosing peat free compost when gardening, you’ll be helping to protect our precious peatlands. This one simple action can make a big difference for nature and climate.
    • 1 Nov 2021
  • TEDxStormont Countdown 2021

    RSPB NI will be taking part in TEDxStormont Countdown, part of TED’s global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.
    • 12 Oct 2021
  • 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