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Car Bazaar

Saturday 1st April
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

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Clifton House Tours

Friday 7th April
Clifton House
£6.50

Geology Guided Walk at Kearney

Saturday 8th April
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Good Food Market

Saturday 8th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Fishery Open Weekend – April

Saturday 8th April
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pet Nose Day

Sunday 9th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rea’s Wood, Antrim – Woodland Management

Sunday 9th April
Rea’s Wood Antrim
Free

Easter Egg Hunt

Monday 10th April
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt – The Argory

Monday 10th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fun

Monday 10th April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Easter Bunny Hunt

Friday 14th April
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 14th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt at Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Friday 14th April
Wellbrook Beetling Mill, Corkhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter at Castle Ward

Friday 14th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt at Ardress House

Friday 14th April
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Oxford Island Easter Trail

Friday 14th April
Oxford Island
£1 per sheet

Easter Egg Hunt at Rowallane Garden

Saturday 15th April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Saturday 15th April
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Treasure Hunts at Florence Court

Saturday 15th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Treasure Hunts at Crom

Saturday 15th April
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Treasure Hunts at Castle Coole

Saturday 15th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Celebrations

Sunday 16th April
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fair

Sunday 16th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 17th April
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Easter Monday Family Fun Day

Monday 17th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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A three day series of tours focusing on the life of Mary Ann McCracken

Wednesday 19th April
Clifton House
£8.00 for adults & £5.00 for children under 16

Archaeology for Children Programme

Wednesday 19th April
Oxford Island
£5 per child per day

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Geology Walk

Saturday 22nd April
Giant’s Causeway
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Four Peaks Challenge

Sunday 23rd April
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3

Garden Restoration

Sunday 23rd April
Redburn Country Park, Holywood
Free

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Roots to Success

Wednesday 26th April
Common Ground NI, Co Fermanagh (near 5 mile town)
Free

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Ballyquintin Farm — Wildlife Walk

Saturday 29th April
Strangford Lough
Adult £2, Child £2

Vintage Rally

Saturday 29th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Paws in the Park

Saturday 29th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Belfast Spring Fair at Barnetts Demesne

Saturday 29th April
Barnetts Demesne
Free

Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 30th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

      
 

Spring has Sprung 8 February 2017

Forget the dark nights, spring has sprung

Later than last year, but spring is on the move.

Though you might be hard pressed to believe it, spring is well and truly on its way – that’s according to Mother Nature. Snowdrops, lesser celandine and other seasonal beauties are already on the march and have been recorded on the Woodland Trust’s Nature’s Calendar project.

So far in 2017 the conservation charity has received sightings, across the UK, of 32 different indicators of spring; including snowdrops at 234 locations, 129 records of hazel catkins and even 48 records of song thrush singing.

Although spring is definitely in the air, the Trust has received fewer records than this time last year, which is explained by colder temperatures in January 2017 compared to 2016.
In Northern Ireland the earliest flowering snowdrop recorded this year was on 4 January (at Newtownards in County Down). Last ‘spring’ the earliest snowdrop was particularly early and was in fact recorded on 28 December 2015 (near Kircubbin, County Down).

According to the charity, while the recent spate of cold weather may slow the advance of spring, it causes less of a problem than a late cold spell, when many more species may be flowering or awake from hibernation – as happened in 2013.

Judith Garforth, Woodland Trust Citizen Science Officer, said: “Recording signs of the changing seasons on Nature’s Calendar is hugely valuable to scientists and researchers who monitor its impact on nature. Although we’re seeing signs slightly later this year, we expect to see many more as things finally begin to warm up.”

Patrick Cregg is the director of the Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland and said: “The recent wintry weather may make you think it’s too early to look for signs of spring, but the clues are out there nonetheless and this is a great time to wrap up and get out and about.

“Look for lesser celandine flowering, hazel flowering, or even record your first lawn cut.
“We really need more people across Northern Ireland to play a part, and you don’t have to be an expert. Your records – no matter how few – will make a valuable contribution to scientific research.”

By recording natural seasonal signs, thousands of people have enabled Nature’s Calendar to become a vital survey into how climate change is affecting UK plants and wildlife. Find out more at http://www.naturescalendar.org.uk/

 

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