Wildlife recorder- Drumnaph Wood

Drumnaph Wood, part of Drumnaph Community Nature Reserve is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and precious ancient woods. Just outside Maghera, the wood lies adjacent to the Sperrin Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The ancient woodland is buffered by rush meadow, heath/bog and wetland, with recently planted woodland in the fields further north. All provide a wonderful haven for wildlife, from sparrowhawks and buzzards to mammals such as otters and the Irish hare.

Becoming a wildlife recorder will help us to map the effects that climate change is having on the environment. The voluntary wildlife recorder will visit Drumnaph regularly and record a whole host of seasonal events. These may include the first bluebells, the first blue tits collecting materials to build their nests, or the first autumn colours to appear on the trees.

It could also involve counting the numbers of a specific species present at Drumnaph and monitoring how these numbers change over the development of the project, as well as baseline information to inform and shape future management of the site. This will help us to document the effects the project is having on the local wildlife and give you the chance to get outdoors and use your skills to help us understand the impact we have in the landscape.

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