Record or report what you see in the Belfast hills. We are particularly interested in records of fly-tipping or illegal dumping, wildfires, wildlife crime and biodiversity sightings.

We have roughly 700,000 visitors a year to our public sites in the hills. Including drivers passing through the hills means there’s well over a million sets of eyes and ears seeing what’s going on! If you’re up in the Belfast Hills please be ready to report anything that needs attention or is of note. Just 1% of our visitors means 10,000 people are ready to help us manage the hills better. This is much appreciated.

Each type of report needs to go through various departments and organisations; be patient and find the right email or number below. If you are still unsure get in touch with us directly at [email protected]. Please be aware that organisations will need to hear from you directly; second-hand reports tend not to be as useful.

FLY-TIPPING

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. One repeat offender was 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

WILDFIRES

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.

WILDLIFE CRIME

Any information about wildlife crime should be passed immediately to the PSNI* on telephone 101. 

  • Describe your call as a Wildlife Crime report;
  • Give details of the crime: the who, what, where, when and how;
  • Ask for an incident reference number. 

*Information can also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

RECORD BIODIVERSITY

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 photograph a bird, insect or plant you think is unusual. Send it to us for identification and we’ll get back to you. We have had 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 local level.  It is important for site managers to know what wildlife has been spotted and where. This ensures that site management is appropriate to species needs.

We need you to do your bit. Tell us about any species you have seen in the Belfast Hills so we can record the information and provide for that species in future. You can do this through the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR). Please click on the button below and follow the instructions given.

Thank you!