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Scrub Clearance and Hedge Management

Sunday 1st October
Slievenacloy Nature Reserve
Free

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Outdoor Learning in the Early Years

Saturday 14th October
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
Resident: £135, Non Resident £99

Grass Roots AGM

Saturday 14th October
Newtownbreada Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast
Free

Cregagh Wood Walk and Hide Visit

Saturday 14th October
Cregagh Wood – Meet at St Patrick’s Church
Free

Pond Improvement

Sunday 15th October
Rea’s Wood Antrim
Free

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Red Squirrel Talk

Tuesday 17th October
Cushendall Library
Free

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Ballycastle Forest Walk

Saturday 21st October
Ballycastle Forest Park
Free

Life on the Lough

Saturday 21st October
Mount Stewart
Free – Donations Welcome

Brent Watch

Saturday 21st October
Strangford Lough – Greyabbey Carpark
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Ghost and Gourds Spook–tacular

Saturday 21st October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Pumpkinfest

Saturday 21st October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Squirrel Information

Sunday 22nd October
Laragh Lodge – Glenariff Forest Park
Free

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Half–Term Hallowe’en Fest

Thursday 26th October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Mexican Day of the Dead

Saturday 28th October
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hallowe’en Fun

Saturday 28th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Poison Chocolate Apple Dunking

Saturday 28th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland Management

Sunday 29th October
Saintfield Estate, Saintfield Co Down
Free

Glenarm Forest Walk

Sunday 29th October
Glenarm Forest Park
Free

Hallowe’en Fest and Craft Fair

Sunday 29th October
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Fall for Autumn 22 September 2017

Woodland Trust appeals for volunteers to record natural seasonal signs

 

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September 22, the autumn equinox, brings the first day of the new season. That’s according to the astronomical calendar. For meteorologists, each season is a three–month period, with autumn stretching over September, October and November.

Whichever calendar you follow, there’s no doubt that the days are getting shorter and cooler, and the coats a little heavier.

The Woodland Trust says that autumn is unfolding bang on time, in terms of natural events, with its vibrant visual treat still to come.

The charity wants members of the public to get outdoors and enjoy this spectacular season, and is encouraging nature lovers to share their seasonal sightings.

By recording natural seasonal signs, thousands of people have enabled the Trust’s Nature’s Calendar to become the leading UK survey into how plants and wildlife respond to weather and climate.

According to the charity, records from Northern Ireland are relatively scarce, in comparison with other parts of the UK.

Patrick Cregg is the director of the Woodland Trust and says: “We’re asking people across Northern Ireland to play a part. Your records, no matter how few, will make a valuable contribution to research, helping to show how nature is affected by weather and a changing climate.

“Signs of autumn include fruit ripening – keep an eye on the likes of hawthorn, blackthorn and holly. Look for ivy flowering, and first leaf tint through to full tint and leaf drop. You really don’t have to be an expert; you can even record the date of your last lawn cut.

“It’s a great incentive to get close to nature. Get into your garden, take a closer look at your street trees, or enjoy a breath of fresh air in your nearest park or woodland.”

The new Nature’s Calendar website is now live. People can now add pictures with their records and log specific locations. To find out more and get your recording underway, visit http://www.naturescalendar.org.uk

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