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Scenic Forest Walk

Monday 1st May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 1st May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Behind the Scenes — Bluebell Walks

Saturday 6th May
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Bazaar

Saturday 6th May
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Spring Plant Fair

Saturday 6th May
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 6th May
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Flutter by Butterfly Trails

Saturday 6th May
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 7th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £8, Child £5

Apple Blossom Sundays

Sunday 7th May
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ramble with the Ranger

Sunday 7th May
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 7th May
Near Bryansford Village
Free

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Bluebell Walks at Mount Stewart

Friday 12th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Evening walk at Connswater Community Greenway in East Belfast

Friday 12th May
Connswater Community Greenway
Free

Dog Agility at Mount Stewart

Saturday 13th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Minnownurn Dander

Saturday 13th May
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Geology Walk at Carrick–a–Rede

Saturday 13th May
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music at the Summer House

Sunday 14th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Corn Mill Bursts into Life

Sunday 14th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Candlelit Tour

Friday 19th May
Castle Coole
Adult £10

Geology Walk at Glenoe Waterfall

Saturday 20th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village – Vegetation Removal

Sunday 21st May
Gilford Castle
Free

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CEDaR Training Courses 2017

Wednesday 24th May
See table above
See table above

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Soap Making Masterclass

Saturday 27th May
Rowallane Garden
Adult £25

Explore a Spring Garden

Saturday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £10 Child £5

Geology Walk at White Park Bay

Saturday 27th May
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Country Fair at Florence Court

Sunday 28th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 28th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough at Crom

Monday 29th May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

GIs at the Gaol!

Monday 29th May
Down County Museum
Free

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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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