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Welcome to Breathing Places on BBC Radio Foyle. Make a place for nature near you. Find out below what's been happening locally:

Question Mark

WHAT'S ON

There are lots of fun-filled family activities to keep your tiny adventurers busy. Find a nature related event near you and take part.

 
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Bees

GET INSIDE THE HIVE
Discover how the honey happens as we go behind the scenes of the beehive. Watch the bees at work.

 
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Froglet

TADPOLES TO FROGS
John Otterson filmed the development of tadpoles in his garden. Watch the tiny tadpoles.

 

Swallow

A SWALLOW'S TALE
Take time to watch the laying of eggs, the feeding of chicks and the formative flaps of the fledglings. Watch our swallow's tale.

 

Lexi the ladybird storyteller

OMAGH WILD DAY OUT
BBC Newsline reports on the Omagh Wild Day out which focussed on biodiversity and the Spring Watch Dig In campaign. Watch the BBC Newsline report and view the gallery.

Swallow

OXFORD ISLAND SWALLOWS
We have intimate footage of a swallows nest, complete with chicks, at Oxford Island. Watch the the swallow chicks.

Cyclist

BIKING BIRDER
Saturday Magazine's John Toal went down to Enniskillen to talk to biking birder and charity fund raiser, Gary Prescott. Find out more about Gary's UK birding tour.

Pea plants

PREHEN HOUSE ALLOTMENTS
Prehen House has enlisted the help of six orphaned hedgehogs to help out with pest control in the walled kitchen garden. Listen to the BBC Radio Foyle report.

Moth

MOTH MADNESS
Ralph and Liz Sheppard laid a moth trap in County Donegal and described their finds to BBC Radio Foyle. Listen to the Moth Report.

Lupin

NESS WOODS
Seamus Cartan, warden at Ness Woods, gave a tour of the many natural attractions of the woods including the visitor centre, the cottage garden and the ponds. Learn more about Ness Woods.

Bee

BEE PART OF IT
The BBC and the National Trust have joined forces to highlight the plight of the bee. Breathing Places in Northern Ireland will have its own hive at Rowallane, a National Trust site in county Down.

Swift, copyrght Northern Ireland Environment Agency

SWIFT WATCH
We are taking a close interest in the local swift population this year. Follow the links and help the experts and the swifts.

Plant and label

JONES MEMORIAL PRIMARY WINS AWARD
Watch the BBC Newsline video. The school won the award for the second year running for their commitment to the environment.

Oxeye Daisy

ST TERESA'S, LOUGHMACRORY
Saturday Magazine's John Toal went to find out more about the school's bid for a Green Flag award. Listen to his school report.

Neil Folkes

PLANTING A HEDGEROW
Listen to Helen Marks piece on encouraging new growth in hedgerows. Helen joins Neil Folks at the ECOS Nature Park.

KWC logo

Wheatear, The Masked Bandit in the Hills

After a walk above Larne it struck me that people may be unfamiliar with one of our commoner summer migrants, the Northern Wheatear.

Dawn Chorus

LISTEN TO DAWN CHORUS EVENTS

The Dawn Chorus was recorded at various locations around Northern Ireland for your enjoyment. Listen...

Neil Folkes

WINTER WADERS EVENT FEBRUARY 2010
We have some great pictures of the Derry event.

Tree O' Clock logo

TREE O'CLOCK

Come and see how various groups in Northern Ireland got on in the tree o’ clock challenge.

Breathing Places Bags

BAG CHALLENGE 2009

Calling all primary school children... help the BBC make your Breathing Places bag FAMOUS!!

St Malachy's Primary

St Malachy's Primary Whitecross

The children of St Malachy's Primary took part in a Breathing Places event. Look at the pictures here.

Green Balloon Club.

GREEN BALLOON CLUB WEEK

A fun filled week of family activities. View pictures from Oxford Island, Greenmount, St Columb's Park and our Omagh Library events.

Young deer at Parkanaur.

DEER AND NEWLY BORN FAWNS AT PARKANAUR

See some recent photos of newly born fawns in Parkanaur Forest Park. Look at the pictures here.

Young deer at Parkanaur.

Nature’s Hotspot

See the winners of the RSPB ‘Nature’s Hotspots’ competition. Look at the winners here.

Otty's birds.

OTTY'S BIRDS - TAKING FLIGHT

One of our BBC cameramen is filming the development of a brood of chicks that were born in his garage. See the chicks progress here.

St Malachy's Primary

A Market Garden

Gardeners' Corner visited one of NI's first Breathing Places schools, St Malachy's Primary in Belfast.

Adventures in Gardening

Gardeners' Corner paid a visit to a Breathing Places event at a school in Londonderry.

Frosted Orange

Londonderry goes Moth Mad

Your Place and Mine visited Creggan Country Park to find out how to catch moths at night.

Anita Robinson, Deirdre Donnelly and Ken McCormack.

ANITA ROBINSON VISITS THE OAKS

Much loved broadcaster and columnist visits an enchanted woodland called The Oaks on the outskirts of Derry City. See pictures and listen to the interview.

Make Space for Nature

NEST BOX CHALLENGE

Encourage your local wild birds to take up residence in your garden. Find out how you can help our feathered friends.

Martin Hughes-Games

SPRINGWATCH HOLIDAY IDEAS

Springwatch presenter Martin Hughes-Games investigates ways to enjoy leisure time on the wild side that won't break the bank. Take a look.

The Two Drums Mountain View

DRUMDUFF AND DRUMNAKILLY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION.

See the new Breathing Place at the Flaxmill Centre: 'The Two Drums Mountain View.' Take a look.

Badger in garden.

BEAUTIFUL WILDLIFE AROUND NORTHERN IRELAND

Local photographer Vincent took some fantastic photos of wildlife in Northern Ireland. Take a look and send in your photos.

Rubbish

STRATHFOYLE YOUTH FORUM CLEAN UP

They went down to Lough Enagh to Do One Thing for nature and improved a Breathing Space. Take a look.

Clock Tower

PHOTO GALLERY - CALLING FOR MORE PICTURES

We are looking for photos that illustrate the best of nature. Take a look and send in your photos.

Salmon hatching

SALMON IN THE CLASSROOM

Schools take charge of newly hatched salmon in a conservation and learning project in conjunction with the Loughs Agency. Learn more.

Dawn Chorus

LISTEN TO DAWN CHORUS EVENTS

The Dawn Chorus was recorded at various locations around Northern Ireland for your enjoyment. Listen...

Bees

BE NICE TO BEES

We're working with Blue Peter to give away 75,000 packets of bee-friendly seeds. Help us out.

Frog in frog spawn

SPRING INTO ACTION

Pull on your wellies and get digging to help our common frog and newt. Learn more.

Clock Tower

JANUARY 2009 GALLERY FROM THE NORTH WEST

Teresa and Charlie were out and about in Derry and the north west with their cameras. Take a look.

One of the volunteers

CREGGAN PARK CHRISTMAS TREE PARTY PICS

The aim of the event was to encourage people to give the gift of a real tree to their family/friends instead of a Christmas card. Take a look a the volunteer pictures.

Starling

BELFAST CITY COUNCIL STARLING EVENT

Paul Beattie went along to the Starling Watch event at the end of November and took some great pictures. Have a look here.

Acorn

OLDEST DERRY OAK TREE - SPECIAL REPORT

If you go down to the woods today you can find a 400 year old oak tree. Lisen to our special report.

Woodland Trust

WOODLAND TRUST TREE FOR ALL CAMPAIGN

Green youngsters put down roots this autumn. Read their reports iand find out the background to the project.

Leaves

AUTUMNWATCH 2008 BINGO CARDS

Print out the Autumnwatch bingo cards and see what you can spot this autumn. Take part and Do One Thing.

White Deer

LISTEN TO A VISIT TO THE WHITE DEER PARK

Helen Mark of Your Place and Mine visits the White Deer at parkanaur Fores. Take part and Do One Thing.

Breathing Places Schools

Breathing Places Latest Newsletter
Catch up with the first of the autumn newsletters. News on on-going projects, grants and upcoming events. More.

Squirrel

Go nuts for the native nutkin
Join the Red Squirrel sightings week and help protect this native gem. More.

Pipistrelle Bat

Bat Tracking
Learn more about last month's Bat Track event and Derry's Local Biodiversity Action Plan. More.

Breathing Places Schools

Join us and turn your school into a wildlife haven

The third term's Do One Thing will help birds through the winter by providing them with food and water. More.

SWAT

WHAT IS SWAT AND WHAT DID IT ACHIEVE?

Find out all about the successes that Springwatch Action Teams achieved throughout Northern Ireland. More details.

SWAT

SWAT REVISITED - STRATHFOYLE

Find out all about when the Springwatch Action Teams revisited Strathfoyle Housing Estate in Derry. More details.

SWAT

SWAT REVISITED - CRUMLIN

Find out all about when the Springwatch Action Teams revisited Crumlin Glen. More details.

Acorn

KILLALOO WOODS

Eve Blair went down to ancient woodland outside Derry to find out what the Woodland Trust's latest plans entailed.

Bug

WHAT IS IT?

A listener got a nasty shock when an unidentified flying object came through the door. Find out more about the flying visit.

Woodlands Trust

TREES FOR ALL!

Over 400 children joined forces for a conference aimed to promote the appreciation of trees. Listen to the report and view the gallery.

Kingfisher

COALISLAND'S NATURAL HAVEN

Your Place and Mine went to see this natural corridor. View the gallery and listen to the piece.

Whooper Swan

WHOOPER SWANS

Mark Patterson meets the whooper swans of Lough Swilly and learns about the tracking project.

Billy Rea

GONE FISHING

Listen to Billy and June Rea as they chat to Stanley Page down at the River Faughan.

FERMANAGH GALLERY

Teresa Page sent in her photos of County Fermanagh, taken in March 2008.

Robin

NESTBOX FANATICS

Eve Blair took a trip down to the Mackie's farm on the banks of the River Foyle. It's a wild bird haven. Listen and view the gallery.

Frog

FROG FEST

The frogs have arrived at the Magilligan Field Centre to mate. Find out more, see some great frog pictures and listen to Helen Mark's report.

Barn Owl

BARN OWLS

Learn more about our native owls. View the gallery and listen to Stephen McCauley talk to owl expert Seamus Burns.

 

Rook

ROOKS ON YOUR PLACE AND MINE

As part of the RSPB Big Garden and Schools' Birdwatch Caroline Nolan visited a Ballygowan school to find out about their Rook project.

Acorns

AUTUMN GALLERY

Theresa Page has sent us some beautiful photos of autumn taken in Derry and Donegal. View the gallery.

Do One Thing

DO ONE THING

Make this the year that you do one thing for nature in your area. Fill in the form and make your pledge.

Do One Thing

HELEN MARK ON GARDENERS' CORNER

The BBC's Helen Mark and Ivan Black, from the Conservation Volunteers, were out and about at the Tree Party at Creggan. Listen here.

Tree Art

TREMENDOUS TREES ART COMPETITION

View the gallery of the winners and the runners up of the Tree Party art competition. View the gallery.

Tree Party

TREE PARTY 10TH NOVEMBER - VIDEO AND GALLERY

The party was a great success and we have put up a gallery of some of the events. View the gallery. We also have a short video of the day.

Peregrine Falcon

BIRDS OF PREY

Mark Patterson went to Buncrana and spent time with a host of birds of prey and with Martin Moloney, the Bird Doctor. Listen to the report and look at the gallery.

Steven Stewart

ST COLUMBS' ALLOTMENTS

Radio Foyle spent time with Steven Stewart down at his allotment. Steven has been growing flowers and some produce there for 30 years. Listen to the report

Breathing Places

NORTHERN IRELAND COMMUNITIES BREATHING PLACES NEWSLETTER

Read the Autumn 2007 Breathing Places Newsletter and keep up with planned events.

Peter Archdale and Susan Gass

BOOM HALL

Barry Byrne joined Susan Gass of Derry City Council at Boom Hall Forest where they visited one of the oldest trees in the area. Listen to the report from Gransha Wood and take a look at their gallery.

Kestrel

KESTREL GALLERY

Campbell in Ballysillan woke up morning to discover he had a bird of prey sitting on his window sill. Luckily the bird stayed around long enough for him to get some great pictures. View his gallery.

Bird Table

RSPB FEED THE BIRDS DAY

Aidan Lonergan from the RSPB and Environment Minister Arlene Foster launched Feed the Birds Day. Listen to Your Place and Mine's demonstration of how to make a bird feeder. Find out more.

Big Yellow Bus

BBC BUS

Clive Lyttle uses willow to make a range of basketry and gardenware. He took some time to demonstrate the craft of willow weaving and to explain what draws him to this as a way of life. Watch...»

Red Squirrel

RED SQUIRRELS

Paul Moore visits Prehen Wood where one of the last colonies of red squirrel still survives. More...»

Garden tools

S.E.E.D.S

Eddie Keer takes Deirdre Donnelly and Annie Mullen around the courtyard that he wants to transform. More...»

Bee

PLANTING A HEDGEROW

Ivan Black and the Conservation Volunteers plant a wildlife hedge in the Radio Foyle garden. More...»

Poppy

GROWING WILDFLOWERS

Annie Mullan and Deirdre Donnelly plant some traditional wildflowers. More...»

Swallow

WILDLIFE DIARY

Local photographer Declan Duffy has been pounding the streets of Derry in the search for flora and fauna. More...»

Bird box

BREATHING PLACES BIRD BOXES

Mark Patterson finds out what's being going on inside the Breathing Places bird boxes. More...»

 
 

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