Our wildlife interpretation centre (called The Lookout) recently reopened again for another season. Situated within the car park of Mount Stewart, this small but packed building showcases the best of the wildlife around Strangford Lough and the surrounding area.
Telescopes on the viewing platform provide great views “looking out” across Strangford Lough, where visitors can spot a variety of seabirds feeding on the mudflats and seals hauled out on some of the nearby islands.
Inside, there are all sorts of curious objects to test your identification skills and lots of information about the fascinating wildlife found in the local area. And you can learn all about the work that the National Trust is doing to manage and protect our countryside and find out how you can get involved yourself.
During the summer months, a TV monitor shows live pictures of a busy seabird colony on a nearby island. It is absolutely fascinating to see the chicks hatching and being fed by their parents.
This year, we decided to move the position of the camera slightly. So last week, a few of us took the boat out to the island to dig up, move and then resecure the post which we mount the camera on to. This should give us much better views of the birds and seals that use the island.
So if you are ever passing Mount Stewart, call in to The Lookout to see what wildlife is out there. It will be open between 12 and 5pm at weekends and public holidays until July and August when it will open 7 days a week. It is completely free and definitely worth a visit.