Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Ballyquintin Day

Mount Stewart estate map

Four of us met at the old schoolhouse in Mount Stewart estate this morning for a day at Ballyquintin Point.

Traditional NT omega signs

Ballyquintin is a 64 acre farm set amid rolling drumlin countryside at the southern tip of the Ards Peninsula, beside the Ballyquintin National Nature Reserve.

The property is located in one of the most secluded parts of Northern Ireland and is great for walking with spectacular views across the Strangford Narrows to the Isle of Man, and of the Lecale coast stretching south towards the Mourne Mountains.

A path, suitable for wheelchair use, leads to an old 2nd World War lookout tower.

The land is let for farming and is managed to provide habitats suitable for the Irish Hare and a number of species of bird that are declining nationally.

An increase in the quality and quantity of the hedgerows is particularly important towards achieving this aim.

Our task today was to weed young hawthorn hedgerows.

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