Supporting Native Species



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BALLYGALLY BIODIVERSITY GROUP

                                                   AIMS and OBJECTIVES.


The Ballygally Biodiversity Project is aimed at improving the quality of the local environment by:


1.  re-introducing red squirrels into the Ballygally Area;

2.  extending the range of red squirrels and other wildlife;

3.  taking steps necessary to improve the environmental and biodiversity needs of all the sites;

4.  creating a wildlife corridor within Chaine’s Wood to enhance the presence of native wild flowers and plants;

5.  identifying the needs of wildlife, including bees, red squirrels, pine martins and birds, and improving and managing their natural environment;

6. to create a natural habitat in Chaine’s Wood for all native wildlife and native species of flowers, plants and trees;

7.  introducing more bats to Chaine’s Wood to assist with natural insect control;

8.  eradicating invasive species of plants such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Rhubarb etc.;

9. to work with local residents and land owners, environmental agencies and council representatives to remove grey squirrels from the identified areas and improve the general biodiversity of the woods by planting native trees, bulbs and plants;

10.  forming a manageable strategy to take forward all the issues identified;

11. to work with local residents and land owners, environmental agencies and council representatives to reintroduce red squirrels into the identified areas and improve the general environment for wildlife; and

12. to liaise with, and support the development and activities of existing and new Red Squirrel and wildlife groups.


The aims will protect native species, of wildlife and plants, and ensure the health of our woods, streams and environment are safeguarded for future generations.



AIMS of the BBG