Blustery Knockinelder

This week’s plans to go to Nugent’s Wood had to be changed, because we didn’t fancy the idea of working under trees during such windy weather.  So we went to Knockinelder instead, just south of Kearney Village, near the southern end of the Ards Peninsula.  This must be one of the most wind-swept parts of our coastline and the few trees that survive, remain stunted and short.  They certainly don’t pose any risk from falling limbs during high winds.

Knockinelder lunch

We always manage to find a good lunch spot.  The rough weather had whipped up the waves and they were crashing onto the shingle beach.  Although it was a blustery day, there was some pleasant sunshine.

Some of the fencing in one of the fields has deteriorated over the years, and is no longer adequate at holding cattle.

old fence

So our task today was to remove the remnants of this old and unsightly fence.

wire removal

Once the staples were pulled out, the wire was coiled up and the rotten fence posts removed.

removing posts

We then carried it all across the field and packed it into the trailer.

old posts

Some of the posts will be good enough for reusing but most of the wire and old posts will be recycled.

old wire

We now plan to erect a new fence which will allow us to put cattle into this field once again.  Over time, grazing will encourage a greater diversity of plants and invertebrates than cutting silage.

We would definitely recommend a walk along this scenic stretch of coastline.  On a clear day, you get great views across the Irish Sea to Scotland and the Isle of Man.  But nothing beats the invigorating experience on a wild and stormy day, when the wind is howling and the waves are crashing in.


About National Trust Volunteer Group

We are a group of National Trust Countryside Wardens and Volunteers who regularly get together to do a number of interesting projects to inhance our countryside and wildlife. We spend most of our time around the internationally important site of Strangford Lough and some near by countryside sites. If you ever fancy joining us for a day out, you will be made most welcome.
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