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A Male Shoveller, with a shining green head and enormous dark bill, swimming through water.

RSPB Belfast Local Group Trip to Billy Neill Country Park, 14 May 2024

One of the Local Group’s first evening outings in many years was a hit, with 38 species of birds spotted,…

Slavonian Grebe in water

A Trip to Inverness

(by Mel O’Hagan, 25 April 2024) At the start of the year, myself and Aaron partnered up to volunteer as…

A group of walkers walking from a darker tunnel of trees into the light, as viewed from behind.

RSPB Belfast Local Group Dawn Chorus Outing at Stranmillis University College, 13 April 2024

(by Moyra McMaster) For our April outing the RSPB Belfast Local Group (LG) decided to get ahead of the curve…

Song Thrush perched on a small branch, signing.

A Bird for All Seasons: Signs of Spring

(by Robert McDowell, 6 April 2024) A familiar regular thumping noise coming from the direction of the eaves of my…

Two Great Crested Grebes floating together on the water, crests raised.

Belfast Local Group Trip to the Quoile Countryside Centre & Ardglass Harbour, 9 March 2024

(by Moyra McMaster) For our March outing, the RSPB Belfast Local Group (LG) met at the Quoile Countryside Centre for…

A brown hare sitting in a field of grass

A Bird for All Seasons: Hare Today and Gone Tomorrow

(by Robert McDowell, 8 March 2024) It was probably largely due to the behaviour of the males at this time…

RSPB Larne Lough Islands Reserve sign

Belfast Local Group trip to Whitehead Harbour and Glynn Village, 17 February 2024

(by Moyra McMaster) Our RSPB Belfast Local Group (LG) travelled to Whitehead for our February outing. [Editor: See our past…

Jackdaw stood in short grass.

A Bird for All Seasons: Bird Song

(by Robert McDowell, 1 February 2024) Whilst lying in bed a few nights ago, I was amused to hear a…

Eight people in outdoor gear, looking over a coastal stone wall with binoculars .

Belfast Local Group Trip to Groomsport Harbour and Ballymacormick Point, 20 January 2024

(by Moyra McMaster) For our first outing of 2024 the RSPB Belfast Local Group (LG) travelled to Groomsport and met…

A Bird for All Seasons: Waxwings

[Note: this essay contains an image of a deceased bird] – (By Robert McDowell, 1 January 2024) I always know…

Belfast Local Group Trip to Dundrum Inner Bay, 9 December 2023

[Editor: Check out our past trips to Dundrum in 2022 and 2021 or check out all of our other past…

Large brown raptor in flight.

Belfast Local Group Trip to Portmore Lough, 18 November 2023

(by Moyra McMaster, 23 November 2023) For our November field trip the Belfast Local Group (LG) met at the RSPB…