A large groups of island residents turned up to Bruce's Kitchen on Tuesday afternoon for the official launch of Rathln's Local Biodiversity Action Plan. Both the island's Tuesday Club and the pupils and staff of St Mary's Primary School had been centrally involved in the formation of the Plan, which used the island's twenty two townlands as a way of exploring Rathlin's very special flora and fauna.
The Northern Health and Social Care Trust - after discussions with the RDCA - is now seeking to recruit Home Care Workers based on the island. The posts will have 20 hour per week fixed term contracts - to be reviewed annually. The Trust also intends to create a waiting list for as and when required cover for staff leave.
The Council lorry for disposal of bulky goods will be on the island on next Tuesday 20th October, arriving on the 10.30 ferry and leaving on the 3.00. A sweeping lorry will also be coming over at a later date to clean the harbour area.
Residents should phone NI Water on 0845 744 0088 as soon as possible to get on the septic tank emptying waiting list. The lorry will only come over to the island when there are enough households on the list.
As many island residents will already know, a group on the mainland called Moyle - Calais Refugee Solidarity has organised collections of clothes, blankets, tents etc. for the refugees in Calais, and now also for those on Kos and other Greek islands.
The items that are urgently needed for Calais include:
Tents (especially 4-person plus)
Heavy duty rubbish bags
Blankets and sleeping bags
Mens warm winter clothes in small and medium sizes
Mens scarves, hats and gloves
Mens shoes (runners and walking shoes only)
Candles and torches
There is now a new addition to the website, with a special section entitled 'Rathlin Nature'. This section will present valuable information about Rathlin's famed biodiversity and rich heritage of flora and fauna. Specifically, there is a link to the new DoE Marine Division leaflet 'Rathlin Island's dynamic coast and seas' about the rich marine biodiversity around Rathlin Island, and there will soon be a link to the forthcoming leaflet 'The nature of Rathlin and its townlands', which introduces the island's Local Biodiversity Action Plan.