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Events to Experience Nature

Enjoy events at many of the Nature Reserves, which allow you to experience Northern Ireland’s exceptional beauty and biodiversity. From bat watching to learning how to identify butterflies or even watching seals, there are a range of wonderful events to interact and learn from our natural environment throughout the year.

There's beautiful wildlife everywhere you look in Northern Ireland and you don't have to be an expert to spot it. Enjoy some brilliant days out and get back to nature with a range of events in the great outdoors.

Places To Visit

Dinosaur Egg Hunt, Helens Bay, Bangor

Not your usual Easter Egg hunt! Come join us in the Geology garden for a fun day of activities and take part in the dinosaur egg hunt, duck derby and dinosaur trails. Make fossil casts, bake fossil shortbread and print dinosaur pictures.

Spring Nature Watch from the Tower, Limavady

Come and join NIEA's nature reserve staff and Limavady Borough Council Biodiversity Officer, inside the Martello Tower as we spy on the surrounding wildlife! From birds to seals and everything in between, there should be something to interest all the family!

Family Biodiversity Day at Killard National Nature Reserve, Strangford, Downpatrick

Why not head along to Killard Nature Reserve on Sunday 31st May for a family walk?

Strangford Lough Maritime Festival, Strangford, Downpatrick

Meet our Living History Man-at-Arms, as he guards the Castle. He will display a range of fighting weapons and armour to handle and try on, so if you’ve always wanted to heft a sword and wear a helmet or chainmail, here’s your chance!

Evening Chorus at Quoile Pondage, Downpatrick

This is a guided 'Evening Chorus' nature walk and talk at Quoile Pondage Nature Reserve.

World Oceans' Day Family Rock Pooling, Portrush

A rock pool expedition on Portrush National Nature Reserve for explorers of all ages to celebrate World Oceans Day! Come see the amazing array of fish, plants and crustaceans left behind by the tides in the rock pools around the North Coast up close and personal!

Martello Tower Open Day, Limavady

A rare opportunity to see inside the Martello Tower at Magilligan, one of the few intact towers left in Ireland and learn about its design history and use. There will be a display of weaponry of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries and a guide will illustrate how the billeted Soldiers lived.

Botanical Guided Walk at Killard Nature Reserve, Strangford, Downpatrick

This is a targeted botanical guided walk for the botanical enthusiast.

On Yer Bike!, Helens Bay, Bangor

Cyclists are our focus today in Love Parks Week at Crawfordsburn. Bring your bike along to the park and take part in cycle trails, competitions and fun activities. Get advice from the experts on how to maintain and protect your bicycle; connect with local cycle clubs or bicycle stockists to upgrade.

5k Run at Crawfordsburn, Helens Bay, Bangor

Looking for a new challenge? To celebrate Love Parks Week and our runners, we’ve organised a 5K race through our wonderful country park at Crawfordsburn.

Trails Day - Redburn Country Park, Belfast

Celebrate Love Parks Week at Redburn Country Park with our Trails Day. Not just your typical outdoor family day! Enjoy activities such as orienteering, mountain biking or running but historic trails about the Dunville family whisky distillers and a bear trail for the kids.

Seaside Shenanigans at Crawfordsburn Beach, Helens Bay, Bangor

Shiver me timbers there's a lot going on at Crawfordsburn beach today with traditional seaside competitions and activities for a fun-filled family day out, like Punch & Judy, stone skimming competitions, rock-pool science, pirates, sea-bird watching and don't forget the ice-cream!

Guided Seal Watch at Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve, Strangford, Downpatrick

This is an opportunity to watch seals 'close up' at Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve. There will be a talk and advice on seals, their life cycles and seal watching.

Family Bushcraft Workshop, Irvinestown, Enniskillen

Family bushcraft workshop aimed at teaching young and old forgotten wilderness skills.

Geology of Northern Ireland in a Nutshell, Helens Bay, Bangor

One billion years of history! For its size Northern Ireland is amongst the most geologically diverse areas on Planet Earth. The geological garden at Crawfordsburn Country Park tells this story through examples of our main rock types. Formed in lost oceans and deserts, a product of past ice ages and volcanic eruptions, our rocks tell a remarkable story.

Guided Walk and Coastal Migrant Bird Watch, Strangford, Downpatrick

This is a guided nature walk and talk tailored for bird lovers.

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