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Meadow Management & Woodland Glade Clearance

Sunday 2nd September
Straidkilly Nature Reserve, Glenarm, Co Antrim
Free

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Grey Abbey House Open Day

Saturday 8th September
Grey Abbey House, Co. Down
£5

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NI Open Government Conference: Transparency for Accountability

Thursday 13th September
Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE
Free

Nature Nearby: Planning Biophilic Cities

Thursday 13th September
Room 0G/017, Maths and Physics Teaching Centre, Queen’s University Belfast BT7 1NN
Free

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Beachwatch – A Beach Near Strandford

Sunday 16th September
Strangford, Co–Down
Free

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Productive Woodlands Conference

Wednesday 26th September
Glenarm Estate, Co. Antrim

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NI Environment Week: Valuing the Marine Environment in Northern Ireland

Friday 28th September
WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber BT23 6EA
Free

Butterfly Conservation – Trevor Boyd Memorial Lecture

Friday 28th September
The Ulster Museum, Belfast
Free

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Woodland Management – Saintfield Estate

Sunday 30th September
Saintfield Estate
Free

      
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Guided bluebell walk at Prehen Wood

Sunday 13 May 2018

Prehen Wood, Derry~Londonderry

Native bluebells are bouncing back – a quintessential sign of spring and a natural remedy to shake off the winter blues. They’ve been delayed by the cold weather but, according to the Woodland Trust, reports are now suggesting a glimmer of blue.

The Trust wants members of the public to enjoy some flower power this month and recommends a visit to one of its precious urban woods. From Throne Wood in Belfast to Prehen Wood in Derry–Londonderry, our urban gems are brightening landscapes and improving wellbeing.

Prehen Wood, a Woodland Trust–owned bluebell wood right on the doorstep of the city, ticks all the boxes. 

This is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and irreplaceable ancient woods, dating back as far as 1600. It rustles with history and wildlife, with birds including the sparrowhawk and long–eared owl. And the visiting chiffchaffs and willow warblers are currently singing their little hearts out.

Spring brings a vibrant array of woodland flowers, including lesser celandines and wood anemones. But the most spectacular treat is the sea of shimmering bluebells decorating the woodland floor each May.

Walkers are invited to see the show for themselves thanks to a guided walk on Sunday 13 May at 2:30pm. This popular annual outing is led by members of Prehen Historical & Environmental Society and local wildlife expert Christine Cassidy. To find out more call 0330 333 5302 or visit www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events

Emma Briggs leads the Woodland Trust’s campaign to inspire people to visit the woods close to them. 

 “People often think they have to get in their cars and travel to find nature but in fact we have so many woods that are easily accessible for people living in towns and cities, and in many cases surrounded by housing. Our woods are always open and free to visit, but bluebell season is truly magical,” said Emma.  

The UK is home to half the world’s population of bluebells. The Woodland Trust wants people across the country to take part in its Big Bluebell Watch – a nationwide survey to monitor the status of native bluebells. Find out more and add your sightings (up until the end of May) at woodlandtrust.org.uk/bluebellwatch

Cost   More Details Free
Time   More Details 2:30pm
Contact   More Details
0330 333 5302

www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events