Live from Castleward
Your Place and Mine broadcasts live from the National Trust’s Castleward estate, on the banks of Strangford, as part of the BBC Summer of Wildlife season.
Anne-Marie will be finding out all about the creatures that inhabit the area and hopefully getting up close to some of our extraordinary wild neighbours.
Ulster Wildlife is Northern Ireland’s largest conservation charity and is currently managing eighteen nature reserves for wildlife across the country.Ulster Wildlife
Some of the rare and threatened species that they protect are the red squirrel, barn owl, basking shark and Irish Hare.
The Barn Owl Officer for Ulster Wildlife, John Woosley, joins us with PK, a rescued Barn Owl.
The National Trust look after many unique heritage and open spaces across Northern Ireland, many of which are home to various types of wildlife.National Trust Northern Ireland
These include beaches, farmlands, nature reserves, forests and coastlines.
David Thompson, the National Trust's Coast and Countryside Manager, explains why areas like Murlough Bay can support all types of wildlife.
Photograph by John Shaw.
Wildlife Canoe Trail
Our reporter Conor McKay and Clearsky Adventure guide Eddie Hawkins, set off on a canoe along Castleward Bay to learn more about the wildlife that lives in the area, including grey and common seals, herons, oystercatchers, porpoises, basking sharks – and even the leatherback turtle!
Conor also joins us from the gateway of Strangford Lough, Killard Point, with Rory Mellon from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.Killard Point
During summer months, Killard's stunning landscape is alive with grasshoppers and butterflies, in particular, common blues, meadow browns and in some years painted ladies.
It’s an area of outstanding beauty and is often regarded as the jewel in the crown of County Down nature reserves.
Anne-Marie travels on boat out of Strangford Lough and into the Irish Sea with scientist Karen Mooney from the Queen’s University Marine Lab, Portaferry, to discover more about the marine life that live around our coasts.Queens University Marine Lab
Caroline Nolan meets the newly appointed Strangford Ranger, Jen Firth, on the shoreline at Kircubbin, on the hunt for little creatures that shelter in rock pools.
Jen, who has lived around Strangford Lough all her life, explains why the area is rich in biodiversity.
BBC Summer of Wildlife
Castleward will also be host to a special Summer of Wildlife event on Sunday, with over twenty free exciting hands on activities for the public including canoe and cycle wildlife trails, sea shore safari, a wildlife photography master class and much more.Summer of Wildlife
The BBC Summer of Wildlife Co-Ordinator in Northern Ireland, Emma McIlveen, joins us with all the information.
The event is on Sunday between 11am to 6pm.
You can check out the Summer of Wildlife site below to watch videos, download the summer of wildlife booklet and find out how to get involved.
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