Speaking Up For Nature

On Thursday evening, I accomplished something which before that point, I never thought I could. I gave a speech to over 200 strangers! I was invited by Grassroots Challenge Northern Ireland a fantastic project engaging young people in Nature, to give a speech at their awards ceremony. …

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Autumn at Portmore Lough


Fermanagh is beautiful at this time of year, leaves are pirouetting through the sky, twirling russet, amber and scarlet; tap dancing along the ground, cartwheeling and tumbling. The skies seem to be draining, so the colour all around is intensified and warming these colder days. …

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The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris – a review


There were squeals of delight from my sister, Bláthnaid as I came in from school today. “We are Lost Word protectors and we didn’t even know it!” Nature is such a huge and important part of our lives that sometimes we forget that we live in a comfy bubble of knowledge, curiosity and the gifts given to us by our parents. …

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The Wild Swans of Fermanagh 

Hey everyone, I’m just sharing my Whooper Swan blog from last year as we had our first sightings of them at the weekend! When dad logged them onto CEDaR (the recording database), we were told that these were the first Northern Ireland sightings! …

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BBC Homeground appearance and new challenges! 

Hey everyone! Just in case you don’t follow me on Twitter, I thought I’d share a wonderful local programme which I was lucky enough to appear in! 


It was such a wonderful experience and a real pleasure to be a part of it. …

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Celebrating Red Squirrels! 

Hey everyone, hope you’re all well?! It seems like an age since I’ve written a blog. School is more demanding of my time and I’ve been busy helping Wildlife in other ways – please check out my next blog where I’ll be talking more about that.  …

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Home Education, Being Free to Learn and Explore Love of Nature by Bláthnaid 


Hey everyone, I hope the seemingly incessant yet unpredictable rain isn’t driving you all insane! I’m back to school and finding it difficult to get into a rhythm which lets me work hard and pursue my own interests. My mum decided that my sister Bláthnaid would really benefit from home education so I’m a little envious that she can learn and pursue her interests in tandem! …

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Summer ends with a Bat Rescue!


For the last few days I have had a special visitor in my room, a common pipistrelle bat (Pipistrillus pipistrillus). My room is the quietest in the house and so is a good place for our ailing bat to recover to good health, it’s a great companion to have and to hear its little squeaks is really comforting to me.   …

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Red Kite Persecution in Co Down


The RSPB Northern Ireland community were dealt a devastating blow this week, when a young, three month old Red Kite was found dead in Moneyslane Co Down. It had been shot. Blasted from the sky, this scavenger was no threat to livestock or life itself. …

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“Sky dancer”by Gill Lewis – a review


Many of you know about my love of books and Hen Harriers, so I was overjoyed when Gill Lewis sent me her proof copy of ‘Skydancer’, a beautiful work of fiction for readers 9-99+! This book eloquently portrays the story of grouse moor management and the plight of the Hen Harriers’ persecution; Lewis combines these disturbing issues with a wonderful evocation of the wild and of human nature. …

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