Lookout – it’s open again!

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.

The Lookout

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.

Inside Lookout

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.

camera on island

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.

Jordan and Heather digging the new hole for the post

Jordan and Heather digging the new hole for the post

 

A few bags of concrete should make sure

A few bags of concrete should make sure

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.

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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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