Antrim and Newtownabbey

Biodiversity Projects

Surface Tension

  Help to record the ‘sounds’ of the Lough Neagh wetlands? Are you interested in participating in ‘Surface Tension’, a sound recording project, for the local community, to capture the unique sounds of the Lough Neagh wetlands? ‘Surface Tension’ workshops, will take place over the next year at various locations around the Lough Neagh wetlands. They will be an opportunity to learn sound … [Read More...]

We need you to survey your local waterway this summer

We need you to survey your local waterway this summer Daubenton's bat in flight Join us at Unit 8, ARCHES (beside the car park) in Randalstown on Tuesday 18th July at 8pm. There will be a 1 hour presentation, and a 1 hour discussion of the sites followed by a visit to a local waterway to demonstrate the survey methodology. You can then be part of the All Ireland Daubenton's  Bat Waterway … [Read More...]

Bee-licious Pollinator Survey Workshop

Pollinator Survey Workshop Learn how to: identify some of the important insect pollinators find pollinators in the field understand the important link between our native plants and pollinators Antrim Castle Gardens Saturday 3 June 2017 11am - 2pm This is a free event. Bring a packed lunch and we will stop for a picnic. Wear suitable outdoor clothing. All children must be … [Read More...]

Cryptic Wood White butterfly talk

Please find details of a talk about the Cryptic Wood White butterfly next Thursday, 18th May, in Antrim Castle Gardens, from 7 to 8.30pm.   The speaker is James O’Neill, who has studied this butterfly species in the south Lough Neagh wetlands. There will be an opportunity to find out about future training in butterfly and plant species identification and what you can do to help this unique … [Read More...]

Come and here about the Barn Owls of Ireland!

The Barn Owl is both a unique and a mysterious bird. Come and hear more from a Barn Owl expert, on Wednesday 26th April, from 7 to 9pm at Allen Park Golf Course, just outside Antrim. John Lusby, from Birdwatch Ireland, will share his experiences gained from 10 years researching and monitoring Barn Owls in Ireland, and will provide advice on their conservation, as well as many tales of Barn Owl … [Read More...]

Have you seen the Swift banner?

  What bird can fly an average daily total of 500 miles, that’s 1.2 million miles in its lifetime and can catch 100,000 insects in one day? It’s the Common Swift, the Bird of the Borough for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. The Antrim RSPB local group, through funding from the NI Challenge Fund, have installed a large banner on the Antrim Library wall, where swift nesting … [Read More...]

Antrim Forum gets buzzy to help our pollinators!

  Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council gets to work to restore a native wildflower meadow at Antrim Forum Recreation Centre. Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott commented; ‘I enjoyed helping to sow the wildflower seeds with local school pupils from Antrim and St Comgall’s Primary Schools. The pupils knew a lot about wildflowers and how they can help to provide … [Read More...]

Come and help build a pollinator home

Please find details of a Bee-licious event…to help our pollinating insects. A FREE FUN family event will take place in Crumlin Recreation Centre on Saturday 22 April, 2 to 4 pm There will be a talk from BUGLIFE on pollinating insects and then we’ll build some pollinator homes. To book a place, please contact E: or T: 028 9446 3113 ext 31371 Crumlin … [Read More...]

Crumlin is set to be a Bee-licious buzz spot!

  Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council creates a ‘Bee-licious’ buzz for pollinators at Crumlin Recreation Centre with the help from local school pupils. Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Noreen McClelland explained; The Crumlin Recreation Centre wildflower meadow restoration ‘Bee-licious’ site, is part of a three year project designed to restore our native … [Read More...]

Winter Fest @ Mossley Mill

NI Year of Food & Drink 2016 celebrations are continuing in Antrim and Newtownabbey during the month of October and what a month it is for local produce. Farmers, allotment holders and back garden producers will be busy this month harvesting their crops but October’s bounty can also be found in our parks and open spaces. Hazelbank Park is one example where remnants of the ‘estate house … [Read More...]

Bee-licious wins Heritage Lottery Fund support to help our pollinators!

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is delighted to be leading on an exciting new pollinator project which has been awarded £76,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. ‘Bee-licious’, a three year project designed to restore native flower-rich habitats for pollinating insects, including bumblebees, solitary bees, honeybees, butterflies, moths, hoverflies and beetles, is being delivered in … [Read More...]

Wild Garlic Pesto

It was a beautifully sunny day and we set off with Dermot ( from the White House along Glas-na-braden Glen.  With a promise of ‘plenty of wild garlic’ in the glen even Dermot was surprised when the smell of garlic greeted us – the Glen is full of garlic and at this time of year the smell is unbelievable!  Everywhere we looked, we could see the pretty white flowers of the … [Read More...]

The Secret Life of Graveyards!

Ballynure Primary School and Kilbride Central Primary School took part in an exciting investigation in two local graveyards this week. Kilbride and Ballynure Cemetery was 'invaded' by school children as they joined Ecomantella to investigate the mini beast and mammals that rely on these peaceful spaces. … [Read More...]

Wild About Food!

Wild About Food is an exciting project - a partnership between Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and funded by Heritage Lottery Fund - which will see participants taking part in a range of activities making the most of local products. It was launched on Monday 9 May 2016 by the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough, Councillor Thomas Hogg and the … [Read More...]

Wild About Food

Wild About Food is an exciting programme of events between May and October encouraging everyone to celebrate the wild food available on our door step! In a partnership project between Mid and East Antrim and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Councils, funded by HLF, participants can make their own pesto, frozen treats and even do some bread making! Have a look at what is on offer - and book … [Read More...]

Rea’s Wood BIG Spring Clean

Rea's Wood BIG Spring Clean When: Join the Rea's Wood BIG Spring Clean on Saturday 23rd April, starting at 10.30am. Where? A transport service will be provided for volunteers, picking up from Lough Shore Park, Antrim. Volunteers attending the clean up must register with Nicola Murray at Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. T: 028 9076 … [Read More...]

World Wetlands Day ‘clean up’ at Canal Walk

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2nd February to raise awareness about the value of wetlands. The theme for 2016, under the banner “Wetlands for our Future” is: Sustainable Livelihoods and is selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the current and future wellbeing of humanity and to promote the wise use of all sorts of wetlands. Councillor Thomas Hogg, Mayor of … [Read More...]

All aflutter at Steeple Play Park on Wednesday 22 July, 10am to 12 noon.

Come and join Butterfly Conservation and your Local Biodiversity Officer in a fun survey to record Butterflies. Do you know your Small Tortoiseshell from your Peacock? Come along to find out more. There will be some magically moths to see as well. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Places limited. Booking required. No charge For further information or to book a place contact … [Read More...]

Crumlin Glen Biodiversity Summer School

Looking for something fun for the children this summer? ANBC are running a Biodiversity Summer School in Crumlin Glen from Monday 27 to Friday 31 July, 10am to 12 noon. The fun filled week of activities will take place outdoors. All activities are FREE and children must be accompanied by an adult. Booking is required as places are limited. … [Read More...]

Hedgerow Celebration in Antrim

A fun free hedgerow event will take place on Saturday 19 October, anytime between 10am to 3pm at Mill Race Trail, Kirby’s Lane car park, Antrim. Why not join us to help plant a hedge, try some hedgerow jam on a home baked scone and learn about growing plants from seeds. The event is part of the Hedgerow Hopes Project which is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. … [Read More...]

Join the Antrim Borough Biodiversity Forum

Would you like to do your bit in conserving your local environment?  Then why not come along to the Clotworthy Arts Centre in Antrim Castle Gardens, on Tuesday 27 August at 6.00pm for annual Biodiversity Forum. There will be a special treat this year, of some foraged food for you to try before the event. The Biodiversity Forum meets to contribute and to ensure active engagement with anyone who … [Read More...]

The European Hare vs the Irish Hare

The European Hare in the north of Ireland and its impact on the Irish Hare Wednesday 4 September 2013 7pm Toome House, Toomebridge Anthony Hallam, A PhD research student will deliver a talk on the unique status of the Irish hare and on the issue of the introduced European hares in Ireland. South Derry is one of the areas where both species overlap. Hybribisation may occur throughout … [Read More...]

FREE Riverbank Invasive Alien Species pockect identification guide.

Would you like a free Riverbank Invasive Alien Plants pocket identification guide? If so, just contact your Biodiversity Officer at Antrim Borough Council T: 9446 3113 ext 1371, E: and make your request. The leaflets are also available to collect at most Council venues. Invasive Alien Species have colonised riverbanks throughout Northern Ireland. They threaten our … [Read More...]

Biodiversity Recording

Biodiversity Recording Events in Antrim

The Biodiversity Games is a recording project which is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘Your Heritage’ Programme in partnership with eight biodiversity officers which aims to get people involved in helping their local biodiversity by ‘get recording’. As part of the project we are running several events here in Antrim. Wildflowers Count Saturday 15 June … [Read More...]

Kilbride Cemetery gets a work team

A beautiful, crisp February morning saw 17 pupils from Kilbride Central Primary School joining local volunteers and the Council Cemeteries Team to do their bit for biodiversity at Kilbride Cemetery. Some tree planting was the first job on the list with pupils planting hawthorn and blackthorn whips to fill gaps in the mature hedge which surrounds the site.  A copse of trees were also planted in … [Read More...]

Wildflower walk

12 June. Wednesday, 7-9pm Shane's Castle Estate Booking required. For further information or to book your place please contact, Ruth Wilson, Biodiversity Officer T: 9446 3113 ext 1371 A special opportunity to see the wonderful wildflower meadows in Shane's Castle Estate, explore some of the hidden parts of the estate and find out how this species-rich habitat … [Read More...]

Dawn Chorus

Sunday 28 April, 5.30am Rea’s Wood, Antrim To book your place or for further details, please contact: Brenda Campbell, Antrim RSPB Group T. 028 9332 3657 E. or Ruth Wilson, Biodiversity Officer T. 028 9446 3113 E. Early birds” are in for a treat. The walk will start at 5.30am and will last approximately 2 hours. Along the way take … [Read More...]

An introduction to Bumblebee Identification

Saturday 3rd August 10.30am to 2.30pm Antrim Castle Gardens Places limited. Booking required. No charge. Ruth Wilson, Biodiversity Officer Antrim Borough Council T: 028 9446 3113 ext 1371 Did you know there are 101 bee species in Ireland? 20 of these species are bumblebees, and more than half of these bumblebees are in decline. To learn more facts, and tips on how you can record these … [Read More...]

BIG butterfly Count

Tuesday 30 July 10am-12 Antrim Castle Gardens All spectators welcome. Ruth Wilson, Biodiversity Officer Antrim Borough Council T: 028 9446 3113 ext 1371 Come and join in the BIG Butterfly Count. Perhaps we’ll see a Peacock or a Small Tortoiseshell feeding on the Lavender. Or we’ll find a Speckled Wood in the Wildwood. At the beginning of the event there will also be an opportunity to … [Read More...]

Ladybird identification

Saturday 29 June 10am-3pm Antrim Castle Gardens Places limited. Booking required.No charge. Ruth Wilson, Biodiversity Officer Antrim Borough Council T: 028 9446 3113 ext 1371 Did you know there are 15 varieties of Ladybird in Northern Ireland? This event will include a talk on identification of species in this small group, and then a look at Ladybirds captured using sweep nets around … [Read More...]

Wildflowers Count

Saturday 25 May 10am - 12pm Antrim Castle Gardens Places limited. Booking required. No Charge. Ruth Wilson, Biodiversity Officer Antrim Borough Council T: 028 9446 3113 ext 1371 Learn how to carry out a ‘Wildflowers Count’ survey for Plantlife. The UK’s only annual wild plant survey. Many of our more common species of flower can easily be taken for granted, often overlooked while we … [Read More...]

Hedgerow Hopes

Come along to one of our Hedgerow Hopes events to find out what biodiversity our native hedges support, how to restore a hedgerow and why they are one of nature’s food stores. Species-rich hedgerows are important to us as well as to our wildlife. They are of historical and landscape importance often marking townland or estate boundaries. They also: provide colour, shelter and … [Read More...]

Green Volunteers

Newtownabbey Way Green Volunteers

A small but strong group of volunteers have been busy doing their bit to enhance the Newtownabbey Way for both wildlife and people.  From tree and bulb planting to litter picking and hedge maintenance – once a month this very capable group get together to get active along the Newtownabbey Way. As spring peeps it head around the corner and snowdrops, wood anemone and wild garlic appear out of … [Read More...]

Traditional Forestry Management on the Newtownabey Way 2

Horses and their role in sensitive woodland management.

One of the many gems of along the Newtownabbey Way is the valley carved by the Three Mile Water. This section of the path is dominated by coniferous forestry on both sides of the river.  While these trees have certainly served their purpose providing habitat and shelter for a variety of wildlife, they have now reached maturity and require maintenance with many of the trees showing signs of … [Read More...]

Litter Champions

Litter Champions!

So you want to help keep our borough tidy? Calling all Litter Role models - would you benefit from a FREE litter picker? The Litter Champions Project aims to encourage volunteers to make a difference in their community by challenging attitudes about littering. A new community project is being launched throughout Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey to support role models in their efforts to rid … [Read More...]

Hedge laid at Mossley Mil

Hedgerow Hopes Project

Hedgerow Hopes is a partnership project between four local councils; Antrim, Belfast, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey Borough Councils, to celebrate and promote the biodiversity importance of our native hedgerows through the involvement of local people. Hedgerow Hopes is an exciting new project linking the four council areas and promoting the importance of our native hedgerows. The project … [Read More...]

Huge Water Beetle

Eco Club at Mossley Mill

Eco Club at Mossley Mill is a new monthly club for kids aged 8 - 12 with an interest in wildlife and all things wild! Our new eco-club helps children explore nature and have lots of fun too with games, activities and crafts! Getting involved and discovering the outdoors to see what nature has to offer. Find a beetles hiding place, look beneath the surface of a pond and the watery world beneath … [Read More...]

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