Special guided tour of ancient Drumnaph Wood

LOOKING for a pleasant walk? Why not pop along to the ancient Drumnaph Wood near Maghera this weekend for a fascinating guided tour.

This is one of Northern Ireland’s rare and precious ancient woodlands.

Owned by the Woodland Trust, it is home to a wide variety of wildlife, some of which we hope to see during a guided walk.

Mark Edgar, Biodiversity Officer with Magherafelt District Council explained: “There is something special about walking through woodland.

“It can be appreciated by everybody, from those just out for a pleasant walk, to those searching for a particular species that can only be found in woodland habitat.”

Mark continued: “We are delighted that local flora and fungi expert Ronnie Irvine will be leading us on our journey through this important woodland.

“During the walk we will be looking at a range of species, including birds, mammals, insects, wildflowers and of course the trees themselves, but we will have a particular focus on fungi which are prominent at this time of year.”

The ‘Woodland Walk’ will start at the car park at Drumnaph Wood, (just off the Gortinure Road, 2 miles north of Maghera), on Sunday 16th October, at 2:30pm.

Mark added: “We have chosen Drumnaph as a venue as it is one of the few remaining ancient woodland in Northern Ireland.

“It is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust and has a network of paths enabling local people to visit and appreciate the site. We will be following the paths, which do go over sections of uneven ground, and it is an outdoor event, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the weather conditions.”

If you are interested in finding out more about woodland wildlife, Mark would be delighted to see you on the day.

For further information on this event, or if you are interested in the Mid Ulster Biodiversity Project in general, please contact: Mark Edgar, Biodiversity Officer, Magherafelt, Cookstown, and Dungannon & South Tyrone councils. Tel: 028 79397979, Mob: 07717732034 or e-mail: mark.edgar@dungannon.gov.uk