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Cows come home to graze at Belfast's Bog Meadows

BY LINDA STEWART

Cattle are to return to the Bog Meadows just outside Belfast.

The Ulster Wildlife Trust has been awarded £50,000 to carry out a major enhancement project at the west Belfast nature reserve, including reintroducing grazing and adding fencing, path upgrades, bridges and viewpoints.

New access will be added at Broadway roundabout allowing the beautiful site on the edge of the M1 to be reached by communities from both sides of the Donegall Road. There will also be improvements to the entrance and car park area.

The trust said cattle had grazed at the nature reserve up until 2009, encouraging the growth of wildflowers, but this came to a halt when access from a neighbouring cemetery was lost. But grazing can now be restored with this new way in.

The trust has been awarded £50,000 from the Alpha Programme, which uses landfill tax credits from the site at Mullaghglass on the outskirts of west Belfast.

Deborah McLaughlin, nature reserves officer for Bog Meadows, said: "We're looking forward to a rejuvenated wetland with its improved access and appearance. The work will cause some disruption to access, but please bear with us. We hope to finish the works by early summer 2014 and look forward to seeing the benefits for wildlife and the local community."

For further information visit www.ulsterwildlife.org.

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