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Long-lost treasure found in NI

Words by Abi Scaife

For the first time in 200 years, ospreys have bred in Northern Ireland.

Amazing! Tell me more.

Described by conservationists as ‘like finding long-lost treasure’, the three osprey chicks were a sight for sore eyes when they were discovered earlier this year.

Ospreys, also known as sea-hawks, are birds of prey that feed on fish. They are incredibly rare in the UK, and it is thought that they haven’t bred in Ireland since the 18th century.

What does this mean?

This is great news for the bird and its future in the United Kingdom, and the surrounding area. If this breeding pair has had success, it shows that others may as well - and hopefully in a few years, the ospreys will be a huge part of our skies once more.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Four Paws UK. This charity is an animal welfare organisation, working globally to help animals in need. Learn more here.

Wildlife Justice Commission. This international foundation works to end animal trafficking around the globe. Find out more here.

Born Free. This is a wildlife conservation charity that’s passionate about wild animal welfare and Compassionate Conservation. Find out more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life on Land.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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