Monthly Archives: December 2012

Curious Shells

Over the weekend, some of us were taking part in the monthly Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS). My patch includes the shoreline around the National Trust’s Islands of Mid Island, South Island and Chapel Island in Greyabbey Bay – all of which … Continue reading

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Christmas Goose

I’ve had the last few days off work, but living in Strangford village; I’m never too far away from the Lough.  This morning, I noticed a large flock of Brent Geese flying over the garden on their way into Castleward … Continue reading

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Mud, Sweat and Christmas Cheers

After we finished at Cullintraw this morning, we all returned to the Old Schoolhouse on the Portaferry Road to warm up and indulge in some mulled wine, mince pies and other tasty snacks. We had certainly worked up a healthy appetite … Continue reading

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Too much of a rush

It was bitterly cold this morning yet it didn’t put off the band of hardy volunteers who turned out to help the National Trust Wardens at Cullintraw, near Comber. This site is a field adjacent to the northern shores of Strangford Lough.  The soil is … Continue reading

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25 years and still growing

Our local Volunteer Group had its first outing in 1987.  Over the following 25 years, the group has been very active, with hundreds of dedicated volunteers carrying out some fantastic projects all over the country.  Trees have been planted, hedges … Continue reading

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Killynether Coppicing

The first day of December was a beautifully crisp and bright day – perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the scenery at Killynether Woods, overlooking the northern end of Strangford Lough.  There were over 20 of us today, and our … Continue reading

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Welcome to Mud, Sweat and Volunteers

The National Trust manages over 5000 Hectares of Strangford Lough (on the east coast of Northern Ireland) and much of its surrounding farmland and woodland, within one of the most scenic and biologically diverse landscapes in the country.  Our small … Continue reading

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