Category Archives: History and Archaeology

A new lease of life after 200 years

It has been a disruptive couple of weeks for the Strangford Lough team because we are in the process of getting our offices refurbished at the Old Schoolhouse on the Portaferry Road. Last week, we packed away all our filing … Continue reading

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The End in Sight for Taggart Scrub

The start of March is an important date in our Volunteer Group’s calendar.  It marks the start of the bird nesting season and is therefore the date when we stop all scrub clearing and hedge cutting.  The removal of scrub on our … Continue reading

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Darragh Island

This week, our volunteer group went to Darragh Island.  This National Trust owned island is on the western side of Strangford Lough, not far from Killinchy and Whiterock. Darragh is a great example of how the correct management can produce species-rich grassland with … Continue reading

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Nugent’s Wood

Today, our volunteer group went to Nugent’s Wood, on the edge of Portaferry, on the Ards Peninsula.  This strip of mixed woodland was once part of the Nugent’s Estate but is now owned by the National Trust and is a … Continue reading

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Long-eared Owl Rescue

A couple of days ago, a daring rescue was made at the National Trust’s Glastry Nature Reserve, near Ballyhalbert on the Ards Peninsula. A male long-eared owl had got its wing tangled in some discarded fishing line that was hanging in … Continue reading

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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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