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Dawn Chorus Walk

on Cave Hill  18th May


50 of us gathered early in May, at 5.00 am, for a dawn chorus walk.

It was led by Aaron Kelly, a well-known young environmentalist on Black Mountain. Aaron was full of enthusiasm and knowledge and contributed greatly to the enjoyment of the occasion.


Geology Walk on Cave Hill  20th April

We launched our 2024 series of Cave Hill guided walks today with a geology walk led by perhaps Northern Ireland's best-known geologist, Kirstin Lemon. We had 12 attendees and they found it very entertaining and informative. And the weather, after all the recent rain, was lovely.


Belfast City Council's Spring Fair  27th & 28th April

We attended Belfast City Council's Spring Fair at Malone House this weekend. On both days our volunteers manned a stand featuring our working the Castle herb garden and we engaged with many members of the publiuc.  Two busy and enjoyable days.


Birds of the Cave Hill

Eighteen of us joined licensed bird-ringer Aidan Crean today, Saturday 25th May in the wood above the Castle.  Aidan had put up special nets to catch the birds; he caught 12 of our native birds and ringed before releasing them. This process allows specialists, world-wide, to track the movement of birds between countries.  It was fascinating to see the birds in close detail.  Aidan entertained and informed us with his extensive knowledge of birds and their lives. And, for once, there was no rain!

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The Big Lunch at Belfast Castle

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On Saturday 1 June, Belfast City Council organised a Big Lunch in the grounds of Belfast Castle. This was an opportunity for families to visit and to enjoy a variety of child-friendly activities. We had a table there and we took short guided walks through the grounds near the Castle. It also allowed us to talk to the general public about our own activities.

Litter pick on Cave Hill carried out by employees of Mintel

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On Friday 7 June, 11 employees of Mintel came and gave a morning's worth of their time and energy to lift 8 large bags of rubbish from the woods on Cave Hill. We owe them and their employer a debt of gratitude.

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