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New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

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Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Fall for Autumn 2 October 2017

Woodland Trust appeals for volunteers to record natural seasonal signs

 

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September 22, the autumn equinox, brings the first day of the new season.  That’s according to the astronomical calendar.  For meteorologists, each season is a three–month period, with autumn stretching over September, October and November.

Whichever calendar you follow, there’s no doubt that the days are getting shorter and cooler, and the coats a little heavier.

The Woodland Trust says that autumn is unfolding bang on time, in terms of natural events, with its vibrant visual treat still to come.

The charity wants members of the public to get outdoors and enjoy this spectacular season, and is encouraging nature lovers to share their seasonal sightings.

By recording natural seasonal signs, thousands of people have enabled the Trust’s Nature’s Calendar to become the leading UK survey into how plants and wildlife respond to weather and climate.

According to the charity, records from Northern Ireland are relatively scarce, in comparison with other parts of the UK.

Patrick Cregg is the director of the Woodland Trust and says: “We’re asking people across Northern Ireland to play a part.  Your records, no matter how few, will make a valuable contribution to research, helping to show how nature is affected by weather and a changing climate.

“Signs of autumn include fruit ripening – keep an eye on the likes of hawthorn, blackthorn and holly.  Look for ivy flowering, and first leaf tint through to full tint and leaf drop.  You really don’t have to be an expert; you can even record the date of your last lawn cut.

“It’s a great incentive to get close to nature.  Get into your garden, take a closer look at your street trees, or enjoy a breath of fresh air in your nearest park or woodland.”

The new Nature’s Calendar website is now live.  People can now add pictures with their records and log specific locations. To find out more and get your recording underway, visit www.naturescalendar.org.uk 

Read the full press release here…