A few notes on the way the forays run if you wish to come along.

Foray layout:

A days foraying begins, for those wanting a full day, at 11am at the designated meeting point. Returning to the carpark for lunch between 12.30 & 1pm. Then foraying again from 1 4pm. You are welcome to join at either of these starting times.

1. We recommend highly that you WEAR SUITABLE OUTDOOR CLOTHING.. that is sensible footwear (high heels or sandals are not recommended). Trainers, wellies or waterproof walking boots are a must for some sites. Please bring a raincoat and/or waterproof bottoms. It can suddenly start raining and you'll regret not having some form of waterproofs with you. If you don't need them at least you've come prepared.

2. Some sites may be hilly! Please do check the sites before you plan to come along. We have tried to give you as much detail regarding the site i.e. grid ref and O.S. map numbers so you can find them and check the terrain on your maps. If you need more advice please contact us. It can be off putting if you arrive to find a mountain site and you are unable to cope physically with it.

3. If you are planning on spending the whole day with the group do bring a packed lunch as some venues are 'out of the way' and may not have shops nearby.

4. If you are wanting to collect a few specimens to take home and identify yourself bring a collection container of basket (mushroom boxes from your local green grocers are good! And you are recycling which is good for the environment too!!! ) Craft tubs or small plastic tool boxes from your local hardware shop are good as they have handles as well and are relatively cheap.

5. A small guide book is also recommended. These can be obtained from any local bookstore. The Collins Field Guides are very good but will only have the very commonly found species in them. This is good for beginners and helps you establish which ones you may come across on a regular basis. Once you feel more confident you can invest in more advanced books.

Apart from those main points the day is pretty relaxed. Join in, make friends and have fun and learn a bit about our environment and habitats while you are there.


 Forays 2017

 For full details, download this pdf

May 27th Downhill Forest, North Coast. 


9th-10th Bioblitz March. Details to follow. not compulsory foray but asked to attend so an excuse for a day out. 

24th Hollymount Forest, Downpatrick



15th Cottage Farm, Co. Tyrone 

29th Rowallane Gardens, National Trust



5th Mount Stewart

19th Glenlyon Glen, Holywood



2nd Argory, National Trust

9th Cairndaisy Glen, Moneymore

22nd to 24th Residential West Fermanagh/Donegal - See details below

30th Oxford Island guided walk



7th Blessingbourne Estate

8th Carnfunnock Country Park guided walk

14th Castlewellan Forest

28th Drumcairn forest, Stewartstown


4th Murlough Bay, Co. Antrim


September Residential Details

The residential has been confirmed for the weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th. 

We will be staying for 2 nights at Tir Navar Holiday accommodation, which is situated on the outskirts of Derrygonnelly town. It is self catering as the weekend usually is. 

The cost for the weekend is 60 per person. This includes 2 nights stay and a 4 course meal on Saturday night onsite. 

We will be traveling to Ardnamona wood on Saturday which lies just on the south shores of Lough Eske in Donegal. A 46a oak and deciduous woodland. also looking into permission to access some parts of the woods which are privately owned but that is still to be confirmed. 

On Sunday we will visit Castle Coole, on the Belfast road out of Enniskillen. 

Hopefully a fantastic weekend and with lots of people coming to stay. 

The venue can hold up to 60 people and I am hoping a lot of you will make it. For those wanting single rooms I can't see there being any problems. So please, if you are concerned about sharing rooms etc.. this won't be a problem. 

Let's make this year rival some of our previous years with lots of you coming along.. 

For everyone wishing to come I would like to have your booking fee paid in advance rather than on the day. Anyone coming from the south and needing to convert euros etc let me know and we will arrange something. 


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