Predator proof fencing at Sheskinmore

H.E.L.P. for machair breeding waders at Sheskinmore and in Donegal The Halting Environmental Loss Project (H.E.L.P.) was set up to share expertise and experience in conservation of farmland birds in the border counties of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Islay.  Funded by INTERREG IVA under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that is…

Playful Buzzards

Object play behaviour has been recorded in a number of raptor species (Fagen, 1981; Hewitt, 2013). Below are notes on two observations made at Sheskinmore of playful Common Buzzards Buteo buteo. 19th September 2010 At about 1700 two Common Buzzards and two Common Ravens Corvus corax were seen soaring together over the southern slope of…

Sheskinmore Badgers

Badgers Meles meles are often thought to be woodland animals but they survive very well in more open habitats. There are several Badger setts in the dunes at Sheskinmore. The exact number of family groups is difficult to determine as Badgers often have a number of outlying setts separate from the main territory. Both the…

Ravens at Tramore

For at least ten years Ravens have bred at the low cliffs at the south end of Tramore on the Carrickalahagh headland. This year I monitored the nest for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) Nest Record Scheme (NRS). The NRS involves repeated visits to check nest contents and thus gathers data on laying dates,…

Insects at Sheskinmore

August saw two days of training for Marsh Fritillary survey and monitoring. Day one invloved staff of National Parks and Wildlife Service and Northern Ireland Environment Agency with Tom Brereton from Butterfly Conservation and Day Two volunteers for the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Two great days with good weather, the wind and rain only appearing…