Tag Archives: National Trust Volunteer Group

Beach combing – without a bang

Beach combing can be great fun.  You never know what you will find – often a colourful shell, curiously patterned stone or interestingly shaped piece of driftwood. However, during a recent beach clean, the National Trust Volunteer Group discovered something … 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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Schoolhouse Garden Restoration

On Saturday, the volunteer group met at the Old Schoolhouse on the Portaferry Road.  This had originally been built to educate the children of the staff who worked on the Mount Stewart Estate.  In more recent years, it had been … 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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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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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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Put “Trust” in your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s January again so it must be time to make those New Year’s resolutions. We promise ourselves the same things every year: “I want to get healthy by taking regular exercise, perhaps loose a bit of weight, get out and … Continue reading

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