Green Briefs: Help reverse butterfly decline

The Big Butterfly Count takes place until August 9

BUTTERFLY Conservation says we can all help reverse the decline of butterflies by taking part in its citizen science project, the Big Butterfly Count, which continues until August 9.

The charity also wants nature lovers to plant pots in their gardens or window ledges with nectar sources such as Catmint, Lavender, Cranesbill, Oregano and Echinacea to help attract Red Admirals, Brimstone, Green-veined Whites and other species by providing the food required by pollinating insects.

The results of the survey help wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation find out how our common butterfly species are faring and how best to protect them in the future.

Taking part in the count is easy – find a sunny place and spend just 15 minutes counting every butterfly seen and then submit sightings online at

THE RSPB NI wants people to explore the wet grassland along the western shore of Lough Beg near Toomebridge for a rare type of wild orchid known as Irish Lady's Tresses on Sunday August 2.

Walkers are asked to meet at the car park of the White River Hotel in Toome for 11am. From there a bus will transport you to the site for a two hour walk – Wellington boots and waterproofs are essential. Due to the nature of the area, dogs are not permitted.

Booking is essential by calling 028 9049 1547 or emailing

THE Woodland Trust, along with Ards and North Down Borough Council, will host their First World War commemorative celebrations at Bangor's Castle Park next Saturday from 11am until 4pm.

A commemorative tree-planting ceremony, with a helping hand from Woodland Trust supporter Dame Mary Peters, will take place at 2pm in remembrance of those killed and injured.

The trust is also creating a Centenary Wood in the Faughan Valley, in the north-west as a living and lasting tribute to the Irish people who were involved.


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