We need staff and a centre to support the work of the Ulster Wildllife Trust and Friends of Bog Meadows at this unique natural gateway to Belfast. The site offers the people of Belfast and its visitors an opportunity to see wildlife up close in an urban environment. Visited by over 60,000 people per annum, this unusual site plays host to a range of migratory and local wildlife even though it neighbours one of the countries key arterial motorways.
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Registered Charity in Northern Ireland (NIC101848)
The site needs two dedicated staff to develop and deliver the vision of the site to make it the premiere people and wildlife reserve in the country and to develop it to link up with other green spaces near it in the city, encouraging wildlife highways thus creating an urban landscape scale approach to conservation. With only toilet facilities on offer currently, we desparately need to develop wet weather and wider visitor facilties for the site to give people an experience that they will not forget. This will also enable us to develop our education and outreach services from the site and increase the reach of the site to the wider community. Having recieved the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Award in 2004, the first such award in Northern Ireland, this is a truly unique site where the community has a major role in the running and support of this urban nature reserve.
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