We have roughly 700,000 visitors a year to our public sites up in the hills. If we add those driving through the hills, that’s well over a million sets of eyes and ears seeing what’s going on in the hills! If you’re up to Divis, Slievenacloy or Carnmoney, please be ready to report anything that needs attention or is of note. Just 1% of our visitors means 10,000 people ready to help us manage the hills better – much appreciated!
Each type of report needs to go to various departments and organisations, be patient and find the right email or number below. If you are still unsure get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org but they will need to hear from you directly – hearing reports second hand tends not to be as useful.
Dumping of small amounts of domestic or industrial rubbish on a roadside is all too common in the countryside in general and our hills in particular. If it doesn’t get reported it will lie there for much longer. Contact your local council who will clear it up and look for evidence to prosecute offenders – which they do regularly in the hills with one repeat offender being fined £3,000 recently.
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council – 028 9446 3113
Belfast City Council – 028 9032 0202
Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council – 028 9244 7300
Major illegal dumping of lorry loads of waste does happen in the hills and should be reported to NIEA Environmental Crime – 0800 80 70 60
Dry spells in spring and summer often bring wildfires across the hills which damage wildlife, landscape and farmland. An early response by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) often averts major damage, so as soon as you see a fire in the hills simply report it by phoning 999 and asking for the Fire Service. Don’t think that somebody else has reported it – every call is appreciated and may provide more information.
There are good things to report too! We are getting more and more photos, videos and witness reports posted on social media. You don’t need to be an expert to take a photo of a bird, insect or plant you think is unusual and send it to us and we’ll get it identified and get back to you. We have some very rare sightings recently, all by visitors – expertise not required!
In Northern Ireland we have lost over 50 species during the last century, with many more species and habitats in danger of disappearing, especially at the local level. It is important for site managers to know what wildlife has been spotted and where, to ensure that site management is appropriate to species needs.
We need you to tell us of any species you have seen while out and about in the Belfast Hills so we can record the information and provide for that species in years to come. This can be done through the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR). Please click on the link below and follow the instructions given.