Discover Irish Lady’s Tresses at Lough Beg

On Sunday (August 4) the RSPB's Gareth Bareham will be on hand to guide visitors around the wetland near Toomebridge to look for the orchids like this one.
On Sunday (August 4) the RSPB's Gareth Bareham will be on hand to guide visitors around the wetland near Toomebridge to look for the orchids like this one.

THE wet grassland along the western shore of Lough Beg is just one of the sites in Northern Ireland which is home to a rare type of wild orchid known as Irish Lady’s Tresses.

This beautiful scented plant derives its name from the spirals of small whitish coloured flowers which, with a little imagination, resemble the braided hair of a beautiful maiden.

On Sunday (August 4) the RSPB’s Gareth Bareham will be on hand to guide visitors around the wetland near Toomebridge to look for the orchids. Visitors will learn about the vital work the RSPB is doing to create homes for nature.

Visitors are asked to meet at the car park of the White River Hotel in Toome at 11am for the two hour walk - Wellington boots and waterproofs are essential, however, dogs are not permitted. After the tour walkers can enjoy sandwiches, tea and coffee and biscuits, at the hotel. This event is free, although any donations will be gratefully received. Booking is essential - contact Janice Ritchie at RSPB NI on 028 9069 0855 before noon on Thursday, August 1.