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Aidan Crean

Aidan Crean is an award-winning environmentalist and has been a birder & active bird ringer for 30 years. He is presently an A-Licensed Trainer and Supervisor with the British Trust for Ornithology. Aidan lectured in ornithology at Queens University and is presently Honorary Chairperson of Belfast & Down Ringing Group. He is also a Director on the Board of the Belfast Hills Partnership. Aidan is also Eco-Tourism officer with Tour Guides NI. and in January 2020 completed his Level 4 Cert HE blue badge in Tour Guiding with University of Ulster.

Aidan played a prominent role in the campaign to save the Bog Meadows Nature Reserve in 1998 achieving UNESCO Man & Biosphere status in 2004. He was instrumental in the National Trust NT acquisition of Divis & Black Mountain 2005, is a key founder of the Belfast Hills Partnership BHP 2005. Aidan was involved in the 1980’s campaign for ASSI designation of Belfast Lough & the creation of the new RSPB Windows on Wildlife nature reserve at Belfast harbour.   


As an enthusiastic bird ringer Aidan has organised bird ringing expeditions to several uninhabited islands along Ireland’s western seaboard and led bird watching tours to various European countries and Africa. He continues to run BTO scientific summer research programmes in their twentieth consecutive year at the Ulster Wildlife’s Belfast Bogmeadows Nature Reserve and from 2016, for Mid Ulster Council on Lough Neagh at Ballyronan and at Oxford Island. 


Aidan has won local, council, banking and tourism awards for services to conservation and in 2006 was nominated by Northern Ireland Environment Agency and won the ‘European Volunteer of the Year Award’ for ‘highly achieving’ volunteer services to nature conservation throughout Northern Ireland.   


Aidan established his own business in local tourism and outdoor environmental education in 2016.