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 2016

 

SUNDAY 19th June 2016 J 348 325 Tollymore forest park, Co. Down

From Belfast. Follow the A24 Saintfield Rd. Follow for Carryduff. At Carryduff r’bout take the 2nd exit for Ballynahinch. Follow through Ballynahinch following the A24 for Newcastle. At Clough r’bout, take 2nd exit, road becomes the A2 follow to Newcastle. Once in Newcastle, follow all signs for Tollymore. Well signposted.

Meet in the main carpark of the forest park. This is a Pay parking site and you will need to pay a small fee at the wardens hut.

 

Saturday 30th July 2016 J 395 739 Belfast Stormont Estate.

Follow all directions to Belfast. Once in Belfast follow the directions for the A20 to Dundonald/Newtownards. Once passed the Knock Junction Stormont Estate will be on your left hand side. Parking is limited so car-share where possible.
We will possibly be organizing access to a private area of the estate, still to be arranged.

13th August 2016 H 648 610 Split day forays. AM foray Glenmore Waterfall. PM Parkanuar

Travel down the M1 west. M1 ends and becomes A4. Follow the A4 and take the slip rd for B34 Cabragh. At the end of the slip rd take right. Once on the Cabragh rd follow onto the Dungannon road. Continue on until you come to a sign for the Glenmore Scenic route. Take the Tulnavern rd. Continue straight, at the fork keep right, at 2nd fork keep right again. Follow on until you come to a small carpark on your right. Meet here.

Then moving on to Parkanuar for the PM foray from 1-4pm. H 739 611
If arriving at the PM foray only. Follow as above But a the Cabragh junction at the end of the slip rd, take left on the the B34 . Once you pass Quinns Corner restaurant, take the left Old Ballygawley Rd. Follow signs for Parkanuar and meet in the end carpark by the Estate buildings.

 

20th August 2016, D 300 120 Glenarm Ulster Wildlife reserve.

Head North East from your location towards Glenarm, via Ballymena A42, or Larne Coast rd A2.
From Ballymena, following this road to Glenarm, when you enter the Valley, the estate is on your right. A large Black gate in wall marks the entrance. Follow through the gate and follow through the estate to the very end of the road.
From Glenarm, at the mini roundabout keep right then take the nest left then immediate left again onto the Munie rd. Follow up for a short time until you see the large entrance gate on your left. Follow through the gate and down through the estate to the reserve.

PLEASE RESPECT THE ESTATE AND THE LIVESTOCK FREE ROAMING THIS AREA AND DRIVE WITH CARE AND REDUCED SPEED.

 

SUNDAY 28th August 2016. J 473 796 Clandeboye Estate, Bangor. Joint with Bangor Camera Club

Follow from your location to Bangor. If coming from Belfast use the A2 Belfast Road. Pass the Junction for Craigantlet road and take the next immediate right into the estate. Follow slowly through the estate to the main gravel carpark at the main buildings.

This is a private estate so please respect the residents and land owners. Drive with care.

 

10-11th September 2016 Residential Weekend. Booking only. Details to follow. North Coast area.

 

17th September 2016 J 186 180 Kilbroney Forest Park Co. Down

Follow the A1 from Belfast to Newry. Take the first slip road form Newry (this is the old rd to Newry before the new carriageway was constructed).
Follow to the town and follow all signs for Warrenpoint/Rostrevor. Continue on the A2 Warrenpoint rd, and continue on the A2 to Rostrevor. Once in the town follow as if going to Kilkeel, on the edge of the town is signposted on your left for Kilbroney Caravan park. Take this road and continue to the main carpark.

25th September 2016 Ulster Museum Autumn Wildlife Day

We are attending the Day at the Ulster Folk Museum at Cultra and putting on a fungal display. All welcome.

8th October 2016 Loughanmore Estate.
Directions to follow.

PLEASE RESPECT THE PRIVACY OF THE LANDOWNERS. THIS IS A PRIVATE ESTATE SO DRIVE WITH CARE.

 

22nd October 2016 C 422 148 Prehen wood.

Follow from your location to Londonderry. Don not cross the rover but keep along the A5 Victoria road.
Along the A5 on your left keep watch for Prehen Park. Take this turn and follow along through the housing development until you see a small car park and footpath on your left. Park here. Forest is behind this parking area. If you get to the end of this road it enters Prehen House. You’ve gone too far.

 

5th November 2016. J 310 792 Cavehill Top plateau. Grassland Foray.

Not to be mistaken for the Belfast Castle lower woods.
From the North, Follow to Sandy Knowles Roundabout. Take the junction for the Antrim Road. Follow down to Glengormley village. At the lights take right for the B95 Hightown Road. Follow to the end and turn Left on to the Upper Hightown Road. Continue up the hill. Pass a working quarry on your left and the carpark is directly after this on your left.
From Belfast. Follow up the Crumlin rd towards Nutts Corner/Crumlin. On the Hairpin bend take the Right Posted for Glengormley. Travel up the hill and the carpark in on your right, just before the brow of the hill.

 

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