Latest updates

01 Jun 21

Wild ponies rescued

We have engaged local animal welfare charities to help manage several herds of wild ponies which were dumped on the land before the wildfires. With their grazing area now severely depleted, and because the impact of further grazing will put further pressure on the now damaged land (soil destabilisation and trampling of fragile vegetation) this action has renewed importance. Two animal sanctuaries (Crosskeenan Lane Animal Sanctuary and Equine Halfway House) have partnered together to lead on this work. We are thankful for their expert insight and continue to support their efforts.

Wild ponies abandoned in Mourne Mountains

11 May 21

Visit from Finance Minister

Finance Minister, Conor Murphy visits Slieve Donard with Regional Director, Heather McLachlan and the Mourne Ranger team to see the impact of the recent fire first-hand and to discuss recovery and a way forward for protecting and supporting the landscape.

Finance Minister visits Mourne Mountain

05 May 21

Surveying the impact

The first step in the recovery plan was to commission an aerial survey of the affected area using a UAV to collect photographs and data. The aerial photography produced a landscape model which will contain vital information on the extent of the burn and give a sense of priority across the landscape.

The impact of the Mourne Mountain fire