Hawthorn and Hedgerows – Cave Hill and Ballyaghagan

Come and enjoy some wonderful hedgerows that are home to a variety of plants and animals. Learn about the importance of them as wildlife corridors connecting the hills to the city. Meet at Ballyaghagan car park on Upper Hightown Road.…

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Bird spotting on Cave Hill

Bird expert Aidan Crean will put up mist nets to ring and record both native birds and summer visitors. Meet at Belfast Castle. Price: Free Contact: Cave Hill Conservation Campaign on 02890291357 or cormachamill@cavehillconservation.org www.cavehillconservation.org Moderate    

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Community archaeology big dig

Preparations are underway for this year’s big dig. On the southern side of the Ulster Wildlife site Slievenacloy, lies a mysterious earth ring. No one is quite sure what it is, or even from when it dates. It is not…

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Walk and talk at the Big Dig!

Walk and talk at Slievenacloy’s Mysterious Earth Work Enclosure, the site of this years community archaeology Big Dig. Join Cormac McSparron, excavation director at the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) as he guides the group around the earthen ring at…

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Digging deeper – Archaeological excavation course

Part of this years Big Dig on Slievenacloy, this excavation techniques course will cover information such as why archaeologists excavate at all and how excavation helps us to understand how people lived in years gone by. It will include information…

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Big Dig Public open day

Slots available for guided walks of the site, meeting the archaeologists, looking at finds and seeing a greenwood work exhibition. More details to follow so watch this space!  

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Summer Solstice Walk on Divis

Join us on a lofty walk in the mountains to make the most of the longest day of the year.  Discover how our ancestors lived and worked these lands from the Bronze Age to the 1900s. Meet at National Trust…

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Measuring up – Archaeology site survey course

Part of this years Big Dig on Slievenacloy the site survey course starts with an overview of the different time periods in Irish history and the various types of monuments you might come across. It then looks at statutory protection…

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Wildlife Recording at Slievenacloy

Come and help us gather an inventory of all the plants and animals at Slievenacloy Nature Reserve. All are welcome from novice to expert and help will be on hand to find and identify each species. There will also be…

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Fossil Hunt in Colin Glen

A guide from Colin Glen Trust will take you around the woodland. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Meet in Colin Glen Forest Park car park. Price: adults £3,children £1.50 Contact: Colin Glen Trust 028…

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Tall Ships picnic on Cave Hill  

Bring a picnic and climb the hill to take a grandstand view of the Tall Ships in the Lough. Meet at Belfast Castle. Price: free Contact: Belfast Hills Partnership 02890603466 info@belfasthills.org Moderate    

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Butterflies and Mini-beasts on Cave Hill

Catherine Bertrand of Butterfly Conservation NI will allow us to get up close to some of these most lovely creatures. Meet at Belfast Castle. Price: Free Contact: Cave Hill Conservation Campaign on 02890291357 or cormachamill@cavehillconservation.org www.cavehillconservation.org   Moderate

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‘Light and radar’ heritage hike on Cave Hill

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has commissioned LIDaR mapping of Cave Hill Country Park. LIDaR is a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analyzing the reflected light. It can reveal features on…

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Heritage Site Survey Work

Locations to be revealed! Get involved in undertaking detailed photographic surveys and basic site plans of a heritage feature in the Belfast Hills which will form the basis of a report on the site’s archaeology. Appropriate footwear and clothing is…

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Plant and Animal Folklore at Ligoniel

There is so much more to plants and animals than meets the eye! Come and learn about the folklore, uses and abuses of many of our native wildlife. Meet below the dam. Booking essential Price: Free Contact: Belfast Hills Partnership…

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Belfast Hills heritage festival 2015

Join the annual celebration into the Belfast Hills that promises to to full of fun activities for all the family. The Belfast Hills Partnership's week long summer programme of events will bring the Hills alive with folklore, nature, entertainment and…

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Ballyaghagan and Cave Hill Walk

Cormac Hamill will lead a general walk through Ballyaghagan Nature Reserve, over the top of Cave Hill and back. Meet at the Cavehill Country Park, Hightown Road car park. Price: Free Contact: Cave Hill Conservation Campaign on 02890291357 or cormachamill@cavehillconservation.org…

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Evening Bat Walk at Colin Glen  

Learn to love these clever little aerial acrobats and see how many different species our bat detectors can pick up. A guide from Colin Glen Trust will take you around the woodland. All children must be accompanied by an adult.…

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Bat Detectors at Carnmoney Hill

Another chance to try your hand at bat detecting and discover how the park comes to life after dark as these little acrobats flit and soar around the lake and through the trees. Meet at Rathfern social activity centre, Knockenagh…

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History and Heritage of Cave Hill

North Belfast historian John Gray will lead a walk over the top of Cave Hill and will talk about the many historical places on the hill. Meet at Belfast Castle. Price: Free Contact: Cave Hill Conservation Campaign on 02890291357 or…

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