Forays

Our foray list for 2019 has not been finalised yet but the first one is on May 18 as below. When the list is finished, it will be listed here.

2019 Forays 

Saturday May 18th: Straidkilly National Nature Reserve, Co.Antrim – near Glenarm 11am

Return to a favourite spot, Straidkilly Nature reserve in Glenarm. There is an entire new area opened which we have not explored before so looking forward to exploring the new Hazel woods.

Meeting at the laybye on the Stradkilly Rd. In the village turn left at the Glenarm Estate wall and follow straight (DO NOT TURN LEFT FOR BALLYMENA) onto the Straidkilly rd. Pass the cottages and follow the road out of the village.
You will come to a left hand bend with a large storage barn on your left and a fenced in open storage area on your right. Please park here but make sure you are not blocking or obstructing vehicles accessing any gateways. Car share if possible to reduce cars attending.

This site is steep in places and a little loose underfoot. So wear suitable footwear and if required bring a walking pole.

We may bring pack lunches in backpacks so we don’t need to return to the cars between walks as entrance is steep and once done, people may not want to retrace back again.

Note Details to follow and some of these are not finalised e.g. “TBC”

15th June at Clare Glen, Co. Armagh

27th July, Greenmount College grounds, Co. Antrim TBC

3rd August Seaford Estate, Co. Down  TBC
17th August, Reubens Glen, Co. Londonderry
31st August, Montalto Estate, Co. Down TBC
7th September,  Galgorm Wood, Co. Antrim
14th September, Traad Point, Co. Londonderry
20-22nd September, Residential (An Creggan TBC)
5th October, Ballykinler Army base reserve, Co. Down
12th October, Ely Woods, Co. Fermanagh
26th October Breen Wood, Co. Antrim
9th November, Garron Plateau, Co. Antrim
23rd November, Ness Wood/Ervey Wood, Co. Londonderry
If you plan on attending, you will need to visit Eventbrite at the link above and purchase a free ticket!

21st – 22nd June, Jubilee Farm Bioblitz
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6th October,  Guided walk at Carnfunnock Country Park
13th October, Guided Walk at Oxford Island Nature Reserve

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Foray Notes

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 most bookstores. The Collins Field Guides are very good but will only have the very commonly found species in them. They are 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.