Archives for June 2015

Mid Ulster Swifts

Swifts are those dark coloured streamlined birds which speed and scream over the rooftops of our buildings in the summer.  They have a fascinating way of life and a number of curious habits. Their Latin name, Apus apus, literally means ‘without … [Read more...]

Help the House Sparrow

The once familiar house sparrow is in decline, and is now even absent from parts of the west of Northern Ireland. It is thought that this decline is due to a reduction in available invertebrates to feed their young, a reduction in grains and seeds to … [Read more...]

A New ‘Home’ for Coalisland Otters

Otters (or least an otter), have taken up residence in an artificial holt built close to the Coalisland Canal. As throughout much of Europe, the wildlife in and around the canal has suffered in the past through poor water quality.  However, in … [Read more...]

Marsh Fritillaries in South Tyrone

Marsh Fritillary Re-found (but are they still there?) In a survey in 2011, marsh fritillary 'webs' had been found at a site in South Tyrone where they had not been recorded for a number of years.  Unfortunately a re-survey in 2012 drew a … [Read more...]

Barn Owl Project

Barn Owl Project Walkers of the Coalisland Canal pathway may have noticed towering structures along the quieter sections of the route. Assisting the Dungannon & South Tyrone Biodiversity Action Plan, through the Ulster Wildlife Trust’s … [Read more...]

Waves of fun at World Oceans Day Celebration!

Want to know more about our oceans and have fun while doing it? On Saturday 6th June bring the whole family along to a celebration of World Oceans Day at Annalong Community Centre from 12-4pm. World Oceans Day, held every year on the 8th June, is … [Read more...]

Irish Whitebeam Project

              The Irish whitebeam (Sorbus hibernica) is one of the few plants endemic to Ireland.  It is a small sized deciduous tree, with a smooth, grey, but sometimes ridged bark.  The oval … [Read more...]

Mid Ulster Biodiversity Action Plan

The Mid Ulster area is endowed with a rich and diverse range of landscapes and wildlife habitats that together distinguish its special character and identity. The Mid Ulster Biodiversity Action plan illustrates the key habitats and species that can … [Read more...]