As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 6 April 2015

Cuts threaten wildlife in Northern Ireland

Birdwatch news team
Posted on: 06 Apr 2015

RSPB NI has warned that confirmed 100 per cent cuts to the Natural Heritage Grants Programme will have a devastating effect on Northern Ireland’s countryside, including important sites such as Rathlin Island, Co Antrim, Lough Erne, Co Fermanagh, and Lough Beg, Co Londonderry.

The RSPB is facing a cut of £150,000 annually to its reserves and education programmes and is worried about the effect on the Northern Irish landscape and the wildlife that make its home there. On Rathlin Island, for example, the wildlife charity manages land for many species and is working to bring Corncrake back to Northern Ireland using funding from the Natural Heritage Grants Programme. With the cuts, however, it’s possible that this work will not be completed and the bird will never return to Northern Ireland.

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