Mid & East Antrim

Biodiversity Projects

Big Community Plant Out in Ahoghill

National Tree Week 2017 was officially launched at Ahoghill New Park with the planting of a new native hedgerow. Participants planted 220 native trees, such as hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel, as well as building Bee-licious bee hotels and bird boxes and enjoying hedgerow food and drink. This native hedgerow will provide valuable food and shelter for pollinators and other species. James Perry, … [Read More...]

Mid & East Antrim is Beelicious!

As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Beelicious project, volunteers and schools across Mid & East Antrim have been improving their local areas for important pollinators. Some of the most impressive projects so far have included the Beelicious makeover at the Church Street 3 Carpark in Ballymena town centre and the beautiful Beelicious wildflower meadow at Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena, which … [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 licensed ringer and trainer Aidan Crean and will run from 8am to 12.30pm. The Constant Effort Sites (CES) scheme is the first national standardised … [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 resulted in Mid and East Antrim working with seven other Councils across Northern Ireland to raise awareness on our important pollinator species. Our … [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 planting, river cleans, invasive species removal and wildflower planting. These groups are a great opportunity to get outside in the fresh air, meet … [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 Greenisland Community Orchard. The community then planted the rest of the site with 75 fruit trees, including apple, pear and plum. Participants … [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 seabirds. You can also often see whales and dolphins at this spot - a real treat.  To find http://www.site.comout more about Mid & East Antrim's … [Read More...]

Biodiversity Summer School in Mid and East Antrim

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is hosting three weeks of Biodiversity Summer Schools beginning this Monday 1st August. The Biodiversity Summer School is a free outdoor events programme which gives families the opportunity to take part in fun biodiversity projects such as pond dipping, mini-beast hunts and nest box building. Come along and learn about the natural world through a variety of … [Read More...]

Barn owl conservation in the Mid and East Antrim Borough

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has been doing its bit for Barn Owls. The barn owl is one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic species but is unfortunately also one of the most endangered. There is thought to be less than 30 to 40 breeding pairs left in Northern Ireland and the main reason for the barn owl's decline is the loss of suitable feeding and nesting sites. In order to enhance our … [Read More...]

Meet the birds of Mid and East Antrim

Find out more about some of our fascinating bird species this month with two special events taking place: Discover the Birds of Larne Smiley Park, Larne Thursday 16th June, from 7pm A free public walk with expert Dermot Hughes to enjoy birdsong and specifically to learn more about spectacular swifts   Meet the Whitehead Peregrines Beach Road Nature Reserve, … [Read More...]

Moth Night in Mid and East Antrim

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is encouraging residents to get outdoors to celebrate Moth Night. Participants can get involved in a moth hunt, help set up moth traps, and learn more about marvelous moths. Everyone is also welcome to come back the following morning to help check the traps and record findings. Entomologist Adam Mantell, who will be leading the moth night activities, said … [Read More...]

‘Give and Gain’ volunteers working towards a better environment in Mid and East Antrim

Green-fingered volunteers from the business sector have been building-up their own personal skills and helping to both construct and maintain a better environment for our local wildlife. Volunteers across the Mid and East Antrim Borough came out in support of the innovative ‘Give & Gain Day’ on Friday 20th May 2016. Volunteers from banking group Lloyds carried out essential tree maintenance … [Read More...]

Biodiversity Fun Days

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is encouraging families to get outdoors this weekend and learn more about local biodiversity. Our Biodiversity Fun Days are a great way for families to learn more about the natural world through fun, practical activities. With a range of experts on site you can learn about birds, bugs and more. Event details: BiodiversityFamily Fun Day The People’s Park, … [Read More...]

Mid & East Antrim set to celebrate the Dawn Chorus

International Dawn Chorus Day is the worldwide celebration of ‘nature’s daily miracle’ – bird song. This year, International Dawn Chorus Day is Sunday 1 May and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is hosting three specially organised walks so everyone can join in the experience. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is committed to protecting and promoting the biodiversity in the Borough and … [Read More...]

Glynn Christmas Bird Watch

Yet again participants at the annual Glynn Birdwatch event were not disappointed. Despite the bone chilling weather, the birds were certainly not put off and were out in numbers, with quite a few species spotted on the day including Greenshank, Teal, Goldeneye and Little Egret. The now annual birdwatch event took place at Glynn Halt on the Larne Line on Saturday 12th December. The station is an … [Read More...]

Mayors issue joint call to protect Co Antrim’s native crayfish

The mayors of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough and Mid and East Antrim Borough are urging both the public and the angling community in particular to play their part in keeping County Antrim free of a waterborne infection that threatens a native species. A collaboration between the biodiversity officers of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough and Mid and East Antrim Borough and the Six Mile Rivers … [Read More...]

Woodland Safari Carnfunnock

Last Tuesday 28th July a group of brave participants came out in atrocious weather to take part in a woodland safari at Carnfunnock Country park. The theme of the walk was mammal tracks and signs. The participants were advised that even though there was a number of different mammal species living and foraging at Carnfunnock, the chances of seeing these animals during the day was remote as most are … [Read More...]

Country comes to town as Carrickfergus Mill Ponds LNR are officially opened

  Part of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s industrial heritage has been reborn as an urban oasis for wildlife. Guests gathered at Carrickfergus Mill Ponds today for the official opening of the site as a nature reserve and saw local children enjoy environmental activities including pond dipping and ‘mini beast’ hunting. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Mayor, Councillor Billy … [Read More...]

Launch of the Mid and East Antrim Local Biodiversity Action Plan

The Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) for Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne Council areas, which will form the new Mid and East Antrim Council area was launched today at Ballygally Hall and marks what will be a key landmark for biodiversity conservation in the region. The plan was presented by the mayors of the three council boroughs of Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne and is considered an … [Read More...]

Sea kale at Garron

Discovering our wonderful wildlife

A priority for the mid and east Antrim area is to produce a Local Biodiversity Action Plan. This document will include a Biodiversity Audit that will describe some of the important plant and animal life in the region and an Action Plan listing projects to help threatened species and habitats. Many experts have combed CountyAntrim, searching out rare and interesting wildlife, and we know at … [Read More...]

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The Frosses

The Frosses

Driving along the main road from Ballymena to Coleraine, the route used by many holidaymakers heading for the north coast, the road at the Frosses […]

Straidkilly Nature Reserve

Straidkilly Nature Reserve

This Ulster Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve is situated by the Straidkilly Road, an inland route between Glenarm and Carnlough on the hill slope above the […]

Slemish

Slemish

Perhaps the best known landmark in mid Antrim is Slemish, a steep sided hill east of Broughshane. The route is signposted from Broughshane to the […]

Sallagh Braes

Sallagh Braes

Sallagh Braes, a prominent basalt scarp in the uplands to the west of Ballygally, can be accessed by following the Ulster Way footpath, which is […]

Portmuck and Isle of Muck

Portmuck and Isle of Muck

Portmuck is accessed via a steep, twisting road at the northern end of Islandmagee. There is a car park by the harbour. Access is not […]

Portglenone Forest

Portglenone Forest

The entrance to the forest and car park is signposted just south of Portglenone village and there is a good network of paths through the […]

Ecos Nature Park

Ecos Nature Park

Ecos Nature Park is situated east of Ballymena, between the town and the motorway. The entrance is signposted from the motorway. There is an excellent […]

Diamond Jubilee Wood

Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead was created in 2012 as a living, lasting legacy to commemorate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, marking Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year as monarch. […]

Cranny Falls

Cranny Falls

Access is via a footpath that follows the route of the former mineral railway line from the harbour at Carnlough up the hill to the […]

Carnfunnock Country Park

Formerly the grounds of a private estate, Carnfunnock Country Park is situated on the Coast Road, outside Larne. This visitor attraction has a number of […]

Brown’s Bay and Skernahan

Brown’s Bay and Skernahan

Brown’s Bay, a sandy beach at the northern end of Islandmagee and the adjacent National Trust site at Skernahan are popular destinations, particularly in hot […]

Blackhead Path

A bracing walk by the sea! The path runs northeast from Whitehead and is lined by interesting wildlife habitats including grassland, woodland (known locally as […]

Antrim Coast Road

Antrim Coast Road

The dramatic coast road north of Larne is rightly famous for its dramatic cliffs of black basalt and white limestone and is also a great […]

Carrickfergus Mill Ponds LNR

Carrickfergus Mill Ponds LNR

Carrickfergus Mill Ponds is three hectares of land which is an urban oasis for wildlife. The main features of the site are the two former […]