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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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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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