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.