Local Nature Reserve designation for Carrickfergus woodland

Bashfordsland Wood and Oakfield Glen in Carrickfergus has been officially designated a Local Nature Reserve.   Local Nature Reserves are places with wildlife or geological features that are of special interest locally. It is a protected area … [Read more...]

Northern Ireland’s first public CES bird ringing programme at Ecos Nature Park

Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena is the first public Constant Effort Site (CES) in Northern Ireland. The programme began on Monday 8 May 2017 and 11 more morning sessions will be spaced out across the summer. The bird ringing mornings are led by BTO … [Read more...]

Mid & East Antrim Buzzing with launch of Bee-licious initiative

Councillor Audrey Wales, MBE, the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough has officially launched the ‘Bee-licious’ programme, which is generously funded by the National Lottery, through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s ‘Our Heritage Programme’ and has … [Read more...]

Wild About Food shortlisted for the NI Year of Food & Drink Awards

The shortlist for the NI Year of Food and Drink Awards has been announced. The judging panel, made up of highly respected food writers, critics and hospitality experts, were overwhelmed with the level of entries for the inaugural year of the awards, … [Read more...]

Mayor of Mid & East Antrim meets ‘Friends Of’

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Audrey Wales MBE, is encouraging residents to ‘give volunteering a go’ in 2017. She said: “Our ‘Friends Of’ volunteer groups undertake a wide range of tasks such as nest box building, tree … [Read more...]

Wild About Food Winter Festival

Antrim and Newtownabbey & Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s ‘Wild About Food’ project has been running throughout 2016, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. The ‘Wild About Food’ project was the two Council's contribution to Northern Ireland's … [Read more...]

Greenisland Community Orchard

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Audrey Wales, officially launched National Tree Week 2016 by planting the first fruit tree in the new Greenisland Community Orchard. Cllr Wales said “I was delighted to plant the first tree at … [Read more...]

‘Friends Of’ success in Mid & East Antrim Borough

The 'Friends Of Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen' continue to meet each month, on the second Saturday of the month, at Oakfield Community Centre, 10am to 1pm to improve the site for our wildlife and local community. Recent tasks have included … [Read more...]

Whale Watching in Mid & East Antrim Borough

Participants enjoyed Mid & East Antrim's fantastic coastline and learning about local biodiversity at a Whale Watching event, Sunday 6th November, Portmuck, Islandmagee. On the day participants were pleased to see harbour porpoise, grey seals and … [Read more...]

The Friends of Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen

The Friends of Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen carried out important pond maintenance this month, removing invasive species from the ponds in Bashfordsland Wood, Carrickfergus. The 'Friends Of' group has been running since September 2015 … [Read more...]