As a Partnership we do our best to publicise the ever expanding number of events being run in the Belfast Hills. Please note that the following list of events are simply those we are made aware of, other events may be available in the Belfast Hills area. The Belfast Hills Partnership takes no responsibility for the accuracy of information given or for any other aspects of events unless specifically stated that the event is being run by the Partnership.

Everyone is welcome to our events, but please bear these important points in mind:

• Suitable clothing and footwear should be worn
• All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
• Unaccompanied 16 & 17 year olds must get a parental consent form completed prior to taking part in the activity
• Dogs are allowed on some walks but only on a lead (please get in touch to check suitability)
• Some parts of walks can be steep or difficult
• The Belfast Hills Partnership promotes responsible countryside enjoyment and has published an Access Code

Free Training Series: Badger Surveying

Wednesday 28th February, 10am-1pm, Rathfern Social Activity Centre and Carnmoney Hill Bookings: lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org   This course will introduce you to the world of badgers, why they are protected and what you can do to help monitor them. The course will…

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Belfast Hills Partnership Conference & Celebration Event (DAY1)

The Belfast Hills Conference event on 14th March 9.30am t0 4pm is booked up. It may be possible that spaces may open up again nearer the time. If you would like to be added to the reserve list please contact…

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Belfast Hills Partnership Conference & Celebration Event (DAY2)

Day 2 of the Belfast Hills Conference is fully booked. It may be possible that spaces may open up again nearer the time. If you would like to be added to the reserve list please contact lizzy.pinkerton@belfasthills.org.   Day two…

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Off the beaten track with Skylarks

Wildfires in the uplands impact upon the bird species that live there .  Staff and volunteers of the Belfast Hills Partnership have been undertaking surveys of skylarks and meadow pipits on Divis for the past 4 years, monitoring the effects…

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CHCC – Carr’s Glen

Cave Hill Conservation Campaign Events Series Carr’s Glen. Well-known local historian Henry Bell will bring us to the remains of once-thriving mills and cottages in and above Carr’s Glen. Meet at entrance to the Park on the Ballysillan Road just…

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Free Training Series: Ancient Woodland Surveying

Wednesday 18th April, 10am-3:30pm, Rathfern Social Activity Centre and Carnmoney Hill Bookings: lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org   This is a learning opportunity for participants to survey and record Ancient Woodland Features. The workshop will provide a taster for identifying the 4 key ancient…

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Four Peaks Challenge

A challenging off trail  walk taking in the Black Hill, Black Mountain, Divis Mountain and Armstrong’s Hill summits run by the National Trust.   Suitable outdoor clothing essential, bring a pack lunch.   Price= £3.00 towards the upkeep of the…

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CHCC – Dawn Chorus

Cave Hill Conservation Campaign Events Series   Dawn chorus. John O’Boyle will lead a dander around the Park to hear and identify birds. Specially designed for early risers! Meet at the gates to the Park at the top of Innisfayle…

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Free Training Series: Bumble and Solitary Bee Identification and Surveying

Saturday 12th May, 10am-1pm, Belfast Hills Partnership offices and Slievenacloy Nature Reserve Bookings: lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org   This course will introduce you to the identification and conservation of the different bumble bee species in Northern Ireland as well as touching on solitary bees.…

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CHCC – Birds of Cave Hill

Cave Hill Conservation Campaign Events Series   The birds of Cave Hill. Get up close  to some of our native birds. Licensed bird ringer Aidan Crean will catch, ring and release them and allow us to see them in beautiful…

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Hills for Health – Yoga for beginners

Thinking about using the hills for health? How about giving Outdoor Yoga a go? Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. Studies suggest that regular yoga practice…

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Archaeology Bus Tour

Over the past 6 years the Belfast Hills Partnership has been undertaking annual Community Archaeology Digs across the hills – this bus tour will revisit these various sites and share some of the history uncovered. These sites include Cave Hill’s…

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CHCC – Forage on Cave Hill

Cave Hill Conservation Campaign Events Series   Forage on Cave Hill. Phil Simpson has a fund of practical knowledge and plant lore. We’ll walk in his company to see what useful plants we can find. Meet at the Castle.  …

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CHCC – Solstice Walk

Cave Hill Conservation Campaign Events Series   Solstice walk. Greet the sun at dawn on a summer solstice morning before most of Belfast has stirred. Meet at the Castle.   For further details: cavehillconservation.org Facebook site for Cave Hill Conservation…

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Free Training Series: Pond Plant and Invasive Pond Plant Identification

Tuesday 26th June, 10am-1pm, Half Moon Lake, Suffolk Road Bookings: lisa.critchley@belfasthills.org   This course will introduce you to key native pond plants and non-native invasive pond plant species, the impact of the invasives and what to do if you see them.…

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Wonderful Wildflowers Dander

A family friendly walk through the meadows and heaths of Slievenacloy looking at the rich array of wonderful wildflowers are in this special place. We will be looking out for common spotted and heath orchids, as well as the rarer…

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CHCC – Flora of Cave Hill

Cave Hill Conservation Campaign Events Series   The flora of Cave Hill. Karl Hamilton will guide us on a plant identification walk in the Nature Reserve in Ballyaghagan at the back of the hill. Meet at the entrance to the…

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CHCC – Butterflies of Cave Hill

Cave Hill Conservation Campaign Events Series   Butterflies of Cave Hill. Cormac Hamill will lead a group along his regular butterfly transect in the expectation of finding some of the 17 species regularly found on Cave Hill. Meet at the…

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Campfire storytelling and Cookery

Young and old alike are invited to a night of storytelling around the campfire led by renowned local story teller Eamonn Keenan, interwoven with some campfire cookery. Cookery will include bread twists, smores and banana boats.  This magical night of…

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CHCC – Bats of Cave Hill

Cave Hill Conservation Campaign Events Series   Bats of Cave Hill. Aidan Crean will introduce us to these enchanting nocturnal animals during an evening dander. Meet at the Castle.   For further details: cavehillconservation.org Facebook site for Cave Hill Conservation…

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