Friday, 30 May 2014

RSPB Volunteering Opportunity

Portmore Lough outside Aghalee is a haven for birds and wildlife but now, thanks to an exciting new project, volunteers will have the chance
to make their home at the RSPB reserve too!
Former warden Eddie Franklin worked tirelessly to restore the site's precious habitats until his retirement in 1999. Sadly, he passed away in August 2012 and the cottage he lived in, just a stone's-throw from the reserve, has been empty since.

Funding from the Albert George and Nancy Caroline Longman Trust, managed by the Equity Trustees, the Enkalon Foundation and NIEA, has enabled the charity to totally refurbish the cottage, creating a modern facility for 'live-in' volunteers and making Portmore Lough the first all-year residential volunteering scheme in Northern Ireland.

The scheme will allow the RSPB to welcome more volunteers than ever
before, and offer training opportunities to people from across the world, as the charity works to give nature a home in the Lough Neagh area and beyond.

The cottage can accommodate three volunteers at any one time on
placements lasting anything from two weeks to six months and the charity
is on the lookout for enthusiastic people who relish a challenge.

If you're interested in taking part in the Residential Volunteering Scheme at Portmore Lough please contact Kate Tycer on 01767 680551or

Rathlin for Photographers

Rathlin on Camera

Location – Rathlin Island

Date – 21 June

Rathlin Island is one of Northern Ireland’s most special places - home to all sorts of flora and fauna, from puffins and seals to rare orchids, and stunning views as far as the eye can see.

Join local resident and award-winning photographer Tom McDonnell to explore the most picturesque parts of the island and enjoy expert guidance on capturing that perfect shot.

Time – Noon to 3.30pm

Price - £20/£15 for RSPB members. Ferry fare not included - to view sailing times.

Booking for this event is essential by emailing or calling 028 9049 1547.

Spaces are limited. This event is not suitable for under 16s.

Dick Glasgow - Green Hairstreak