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Geology Walk at Portmuck

Saturday 1st July
Port Muck
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Wild with the Rangers

Saturday 1st July
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Car Bazaar

Saturday 1st July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rubbish Art

Saturday 1st July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Sessions in the Drying Green

Sunday 2nd July
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Lazy Sundays

Sunday 2nd July
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Foster Green Hospital, South Belfast – Laurel Clearance

Sunday 2nd July
Foster Green Hospital, South Belfast
Free

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Butterfly Safari

Saturday 8th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

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Pirates Picnic

Wednesday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Teddy Bears Picnic

Wednesday 12th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 14th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Geology Walk at Bloody Bridge

Saturday 15th July
Bloody Bridge
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 19th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

We Want to Hear From You

Thursday 20th July
Castle Archdale
Free

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A Stroll in the Summer Garden

Saturday 22nd July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Pop up Camping

Saturday 22nd July
Florence Court
Two person tent £30

Summer Music Series

Sunday 23rd July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 26th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Woodland Craft Skills Day

Friday 28th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Have a go at: Bushcraft Fire

Saturday 29th July
Strangford Lough
Adult Free, Child £3

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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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