Green briefs: Slow down for red squirrels

Drivers beware – red squirrels need to cross the road too, you know

THE Northern Ireland Squirrel Forum (NISF) is appealing to motorists to slow down, with new warning signs available for home owners to display on their bins to highlight the danger of speeding traffic.

Squirrel groups have identified several roadway ‘black spots' and are offering residents the chance to use their bin as a mobile sign board warning drivers that red squirrels are crossing the roads in the area. To obtain a sticker, contact your local red squirrel group or email

QUARRY sites can play a huge role in nature conservation, a conference has heard.

“There is a great opportunity to both manage and restore sites, providing homes for some of our most threatened species, according to Sean Woods from the Restore project. Mr Woods was speaking after representatives from interested bodies gathered together for the first time to discuss the mineral industry's role in restoring sites for nature conservation and biodiversity.

The event was organised by Restore, with support from the Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland. Restorehas so far worked with 10 quarry sites in the north, advising operators on the possible actions they can take to provide priority habitats on their sites.

NATURE needs your help! The European Commission has launched its 12-week public consultation of the European Birds and Habitats Directives, which closes on July 24. Northern Ireland Environment Link wants the public to make contributions to the debate via the website, which contains suggested answers to the questions asked on the European Commission website.


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