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Big Beach Art

Tuesday 1st August
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 4th August
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Batty at Ardress House

Friday 4th August
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Bazaar

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

Music by the Lough

Saturday 5th August
Crom
Adult £10

Kite Festival at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Saturday 5th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hen Harrier Day

Saturday 5th August
Glenariff Forest Park
Free

Lazy Sundays

Sunday 6th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Series

Sunday 6th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Capturing Our Coast: Volunteer Training Course Northern Ireland

Sunday 6th August
Coastal Zone, Portrush

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 9th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 11th August
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Batty Bonanza

Friday 11th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

50 Things at Kearney

Saturday 12th August
Kearney
Adult Free, Child £3

CraftFest 2017

Saturday 12th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Family Fun Day

Sunday 13th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bumblebee ID Training

Sunday 13th August
St Patrick’s Primary School, Glenariff
Free

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Wildlife Trackers – August at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 16th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

Batty Chat at Crom

Thursday 17th August
Crom
Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20, Member Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20

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Geo–Bot Day

Saturday 19th August
Bloody Bridge
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Downhill’s Secret Garden

Saturday 19th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Inishowen, County Donegal – Drystone Walling

Saturday 19th August
Inishowen, Co Donegal
Free

Open Day Ards Allotments

Saturday 19th August
Ards Allotments
Free

Brackfield Wood – Pack up your troubles, and your summer picnic, and smile!

Saturday 19th August
Brackfield Wood, 268 Glenshane Rd, Derry/Londonderry BT47 3SN
Free

Whale Watch

Sunday 20th August
Portmuck, Islandmagee
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Leave No Trace Awareness Course

Wednesday 23rd August
Derrygonnelly Field Studies Council
£45

Leave No Trace Trainers Course

Thursday 24th August
Derrygonnelly
Resident (Camping): £135

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Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th August
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Honey Show

Sunday 27th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Sizzling Summer BBQ Day

Monday 28th August
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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A Magical Springtime Adventure 19 April 2017

A magical springtime adventure, with Blue and Belle

The Woodland Trust invites families to experience a magical bluebell adventure at Prehen Wood in Derry/Londonderry.

Two woodland fairies, Blue and Belle, will lead explorers through this beautiful ancient woodland on an important mission: to save the bluebells from Big Old Foot, a clumsy giant.

The characters are brought to life via an app, which is designed for children and uses the latest technology. Simply download the app and let the fairy tale begin.

Trail markers are temporarily positioned, up until 21 May, throughout Prehen Wood. Point a phone or tablet at each marker; watch Blue and Belle come to life on the screen; and get ready to help them with their challenge.

Rosie Irwin is the Woodland Trust’s site manager and says: “This spring brings an unmissable opportunity for families at Prehen Wood. Young minds will be transported on a magical journey thanks to two woodland fairies, Blue and Belle, who must stop the giant from trampling the wildflowers.

“And aside from the brilliant adventure on offer thanks to technology, our woods and countryside really are bursting into life right now, with bluebells and hawthorn about to flower. Prehen Wood, right on the doorstep of the city, is one of our most striking bluebell woods. So, while the kids keep an eye on Blue and Belle, adults can enjoy the real thing. ”
Native bluebells are bouncing back – a quintessential sign of spring and a natural remedy to shake off the winter blues. Often found in ancient woodland, they usually make their debut around mid–April, depending upon region and the amount of sunlight reaching the woodland floor.

Reports are now suggesting a glimmer of blue across the country, and the Woodland Trust is calling for the Northern Ireland public to record sightings of flowering bluebells as part of its Nature’s Calendar survey.

Eagle–eyed observers are asked to go one step further: to identify if they’ve spotted the native beauty or the non–native Spanish variety. To join the Big Bluebell Watch, and get simple identification tips, head to http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Those in search of fairies, and further information on Prehen Wood, should download the bluebell app at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/familytrail

No booking is required. Please wear sturdy footwear. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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