Mid Ulster Bird Ringing Project

Bird ringing is essential to the development of both bird science and bird conservation.  It dates back to 1899 when the first metal rings carrying a unique number were attached to the leg of a bird.  This innovation turned anonymous birds into … [Read more...]

Mid Ulster Biodiversity Project poster

The Mid Ulster Biodiversity Project poster provides a brief summary of the habitats and species that have been selected as Local Priorities through the Biodiversity Action Plan. It also highlights actions groups and individuals can undertake to … [Read more...]

Let us know what wildlife you see!

A 'Wildlife Records Text Number' is available to make it easier for people to tell us what wildlife they see. There is a great variety of wildlife throughout the Mid Ulster area – important habitats include unimproved grassland, woodland, fens, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]