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Strangford Lough Working Holiday

Last week, we were very fortunate to be joined by 13 visitors on a National Trust Working Holiday.  Most of these individuals had never been to Northern Ireland before, so Strangford Lough was certainly a good place to explore first.  … 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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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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Horse Island

About a mile south of Kircubbin, on the Ards Peninsula, the National Trust owns a large area of rugged coastline, some agricultural fields and the adjoining Horse Island.  The car park is not signed so it is easily missed but … Continue reading

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Mud Island

This week, our volunteer group visited Mid Island, in Greyabbey Bay. Mid Island is partially wooded and has an old cottage (the cottage is not open to the public). On a bright day, the island is very picturesque and makes an interesting … Continue reading

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Killynether Revisited

Our volunteer group had another busy and enjoyable day at Killynether today. We finished off coppicing the section of hazel trees that we started in December (see the first article in this blog on 1st December 2012). As passionate conservationists, … Continue reading

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Too much of a rush

It was bitterly cold this morning yet it didn’t put off the band of hardy volunteers who turned out to help the National Trust Wardens at Cullintraw, near Comber. This site is a field adjacent to the northern shores of Strangford Lough.  The soil is … Continue reading

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Killynether Coppicing

The first day of December was a beautifully crisp and bright day – perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the scenery at Killynether Woods, overlooking the northern end of Strangford Lough.  There were over 20 of us today, and our … Continue reading

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Welcome to Mud, Sweat and Volunteers

The National Trust manages over 5000 Hectares of Strangford Lough (on the east coast of Northern Ireland) and much of its surrounding farmland and woodland, within one of the most scenic and biologically diverse landscapes in the country.  Our small … Continue reading

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