Tag Archives: National Trust

It’s a hull lot better this week

This week, we have been busy getting the National Trust boats prepared for the new season.  We use the boats within the Strangford Lough Marine Nature Reserve to monitor the populations of seals and birds and to access the islands to carry … 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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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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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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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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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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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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Blustery Knockinelder

This week’s plans to go to Nugent’s Wood had to be changed, because we didn’t fancy the idea of working under trees during such windy weather.  So we went to Knockinelder instead, just south of Kearney Village, near the southern … Continue reading

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