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...]

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...]

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...]

‘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...]

Three successful weeks of Biodiversity Summer School in Mid and East Antrim

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has come to the end of three weeks of Biodiversity Summer Schools aimed to inspire and galvanize Borough residents to discover more about the incredible species and habitats on their doorstep. The school took … [Read more...]

Guillemot breeding success in Mid and East Antrim

Council staff took to the seas in March 2015 to install a number of guillemot boxes around Carrickfergus Harbour. There were a number of guillemots located at the Harbour but limited sites suitable for nesting. The nest boxes were kindly donated … [Read more...]

Friends Of Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen commended

The Mayor of Mid & East Antrim met the ‘Friends of' Bashfordsland Wood & Oakfield Glen on Saturday 14th May 2016. The Mayor commended the group on their hard work and dedication over the last 10 months and thanked them for their interest in … [Read more...]

Mid and East Antrim Biodiversity Summer School a Huge Success

Seed Bombing at Jubilee WoodThe Biodiversity Summer School has been held at Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead since the woodland officially opened in 2012. This is the fourth successful year. The Biodiversity Summer School gives families the … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Coast

Whitehead developed as a coastal community, situated on the northern side of Belfast Lough. The nearby towns of Carrickfergus and Larne have a long history as ports and coastal transport by boat from smaller harbours used to be important. Whitehead … [Read more...]

Hedgerow Hopes

Southeast Antrim is one of four regions involved in the Heritage Lottery funded Hedgerow Hopes project, which started in 2012 and will continue until 2015. Hedgerows are an important habitat for a wide range of wildlife including birds, bats, field … [Read more...]