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Landscape Partnership Scheme Work Update

Programme 1: Conserving & Restoring 1.1 Industrial site renovation: Black Mt Quarry

Working with staff at the quarry/landfill to plant wildflowers on capped areas for biodiversity

Ecoseeds training volunteers on planting wildflowers at Black Mt Quarry

1.1 Industrial site renovation: Cave Hills Limestone Quarry

Scrub control and pond management works being undertaken with volunteers. Contractor also involved in removing larger scrub off rock face

1.2 Wildfire Project Mapping wildfires as and when they occur. Providing information to NIFRS showing high risk areas. Talking to landowners about management. Schools education work.

1.3 Farmland/Grassland Habitat Enhancement Encouraging landowners to undertake enhancements on their ground for both biodiversity and landscape by offering financial and practical assistance.

Focus on roadside hedging to help transform areas that have become run down and are often subject to flytipping

1.4 Invasive species Invasive species mapping and removal of Himalayan Balsam via volunteers at various sites

Japanese Knotweed control along the Colin Glen River

1.5 Built Heritage Survey of 12 key heritage sites across the Belfast Hills commissioned. Including conservation and future management advice.

1.5 Divis Archaeology Training School Almost 1000 people took part over the month long training school

Programme 2: Increasing Community Participation 2.1 Hills Heritage Awareness Project: Townlands Poster

To receive a copy contact the Belfast Hills Partnership

2.3 Oral History Project: Over 20 people living, working in and around the Belfast Hills were interviewed and their memories recorded. This information will be made available online.

2.4 River Awareness Project: •

All communities along Colin River consulted

Outreach Officer partnered with Des O’Reilly delivering bespoke river talks to each river community. Community Mapping exercises.

River clean ups, aquatic invertebrate safaris, bat walks planned

Salmon in the classroom with two local schools undertaken

Community exhibition planned

2.6 On and Off-site signage and interpretation Through consultation with the various land managers in the Belfast Hills area a hills wide style and branding are being worked up to help give the area a greater identity.

2.7 Community Built & Natural Heritage Projects Cave Hill Conservation Campaign seat project

An artist was commissioned to work with two local primary schools to design a seating area on Cave Hill

Hannahstown Townlands Patchwork Quilt Project A group of ladies from Hannahstown depicted features of importance in their local townland via quilting.

• 2.2 Hills Geology Awareness Project: Year 3 of project • 2.5 Innovative Artwork & Interpretation: Year 3 of project • 2.8 Planning Issues Network Project: Continued watching brief

Programme 3:

Access & Learning 3.1 Access routes and links installed and improved Divis Summit Path

Cave Hill McArts Fort Path

Slievenacloy Path

Ligoniel Dams Path

3.2 New Recreation Project - Junior orienteering on Cave Hill

Other Programmes still to undertake: 3.3 Getting to know the Hills -Visitor surveys and visitor counters 3.4 New Heritage Access - physical and virtual 3.5 New Website Material

Programme 4: Training & Skills 4.1 Walking the Hills Training

4.2 Biological Surveying

4.3 Archaeological Surveying Training: Launched as part of community archaeology dig, taught people basic archaeology survey techniques as a foundation for further survey work to be carried out in the Belfast Hills.

4.4 Practical Conservation Skills Training

4.5 GIS/Google Earth Mapping Skills

4.6 Tour Guiding Training

4.7 Hills Apprentice Project Over 60 applications received, 20 students selected from a wide range of universities, colleges and courses.

Students undertook a range of practical tasks over the week long programme including landscape characterisation, tree planting, environmental education, interpretation, local industry etc

Up and coming courses 4.8 Landscape Photography & Recording Training: Planned for yr 3

4.9 Events & Talks Heritage Festival Black Bull of Colin Glen

4.10 Volunteering

4.11 Schools Landscape & Environment Project Two local schools came together to write, film and produce a short dvd on the dangers of wildfire.

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Landscape Partnership projects