New Homes for Frogs and Dragonflies

Belfast City Council has been working with Rivers Agency and the Lagan Valley Regional Park to create wetland habitats in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.  Through the creation of open water and areas that are only wet for parts of the year, we hope to attract species such as dragonflies, newts and frogs.

Creatures such as mayflies and water beetles live in very shallow water, while frogs for example prefer deeper areas.  So extensive shallow edges, varied slopes and longer shoreline edges have been included to increase and vary the habitats.

Aquatic habitats are rare in Belfast and have been identified  as a priority under the Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

This project is part of the Lagan Valley Regional Park Landscape Partnership Scheme which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.