Category Archives: Wildlife

What’s in this Season?

With the cold, easterly winds we’ve experienced recently, Spring had a bit of a false start this year (see article “Spring has sprung-with a hop” posted on 7/03/2013).  But there was a definite change in the air, during the last … Continue reading

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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. Telescopes … Continue reading

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Spring has sprung – with a hop

The start of 2013 has seen some horrendous weather and at times it felt like the rain was never going to stop.  But anybody who enjoys spending time in the countryside will have noticed some significant changes within the last … Continue reading

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Moths of the Moment

Sometimes, the prospect of spending Monday morning in the office isn’t the most appealing to a Countyside Warden.  I’d much rather be outside than stuck in front of a computer all day.  However, every time I arrive at the office … Continue reading

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Green-winged Teal

Strangford Lough is one of the best locations in the whole of the UK and Ireland for bird watching.  The lough has been designated as a Special Protection Area under the European Birds Directive and also as a Ramsar wetland … Continue reading

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Red Squirrels at Mount Stewart

One of our properties Mount Stewart is a great place to catch a glimpse of the elusive red squirrel. You are most likely to see them hopping across the front lawn of the house or foraging at the bases of … Continue reading

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Strings attached

Everything turned out well for the Long-eared owl in the end (see article on 2nd January 2013). It was lucky that the guys from the RSPB were able to respond so quickly and save it. But it is a shame … 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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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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