Category Archives: Environment

Minister Poots meets the farming team helping to protect Lough Neagh

Minister Poots meets the farming team helping to protect Lough Neagh

Around 140 farmers have joined forces to protect their local watercourses, grasslands and biodiversity after receiving funding from the Environmental Farming Scheme. The Environment Minister Edwin Poots met with the Lough Neagh Partnership (LNP) which supports the Group Project, to hear how they’ve made use of his Department’s Environmental Farming Scheme (EFS), which has paid […]

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Species Focus- Black Headed Gull- Chroicocephalus ridibundus

Species Focus- Black Headed Gull- Chroicocephalus ridibundus

The Black Headed Gull is a common sight throughout Northern Ireland. Like other gull species, it is an opportunistic feeder with a varied diet consisting of insects, plant matter and fish. It will also readily scavenge human scraps which accounts for its presence in urban areas and gardens. Although Black Headed Gulls are a familiar […]

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Species Focus- Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Species Focus- Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Blog by: Ciara Laverty Lough Neagh supports Ireland’s largest breeding population of Great Crested Grebes. During the spring and summer months this species is unmistakable, both adults are similar in appearance with striking chestnut and black crests. Great Crested Grebes are adapted for life on the water. Legs set far back on the body makes […]

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