Explore Ballymoney and Beyond

Whether its birds and bats or mountains and beaches, if you’re a lover of the outdoors there’s something for everyone in the Ballymoney & Beyond Countryside Events Programme 2015. Join Sonya Crawford and Rachel Bain from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to enjoy all that the countryside and its biodiversity has to offer, events range from a dawn chorus to a half–day ramble to the summit of Slieveanorra.

The following programme is brought to you thanks to the continuing support of the Bank of Ireland.

GO BIRDING – Saturday 18 April, Garvagh, 9am-12pm. £2 per person

Introduction to bird ringing, get up close and personal with our garden birds. Light refreshments will be provided. Booking required.

BIRD SONG ON THE FARM – Saturday 2 May, Kilrea, 5.30 -8am. £3 per person

Experience a dawn chorus on a wildlife friendly farm, followed by a short talk and a warm breakfast. Booking required.

LISSANOURE CASTLE ESTATE WALK – Friday 22 May, 7-9pm. £3 per person

Unique opportunity to stroll through this magnificent country estate, guided by the landowner. Light refreshments will be provided. Booking required.

GRUIG WIND FARM WALK, LOUGHGUILE – Saturday 6 June, 1-5pm. FREE

Celebrate global wind week with this guided walk to Gruig Wind Farm, led by owners RES Ltd. Booking required.

CRAIGS WOOD/BROAD STONE WALK – Tuesday 30 June, 7-9.30pm. FREE

Come along and enjoy this circular walk to two of Ballymoney’s finest examples of Neolithic tombs, the Broad Stone and Craigs Dolmen, both in State Care.

GO NORDIC ON BENONE BEACH – Thursday 23 July, 6.45-9pm. £2 per person

This is a unique opportunity to learn the basics of Nordic walking on Benone Strand. During the walk participants will visit The Umbra, to learn more about the biodiversity of this special place. Light refreshments will be provided. Booking required.

GO FISHING, ALTNAHINCH DAM – Saturday 1 August, 10am-4pm. FREE

Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust in association with Causeway Coast & Glens District Council and DCAL invite you to a fun family angling event. Light refreshments will be provided. Booking required – contact tierna@ccght.org or call 028 20752100.

GO BATTY ON THE BUSH – Tuesday 25 August, 7-10pm. £2 per person

Whether you’re nuts about bats or just want to find out more, then come along on this family fun bat talk and walk at the Bush Salmon station. Light refreshments will be provided. Booking required

SLIEVEANORRA HALF-DAY RAMBLE – Saturday 19 September, 11am-4pm. FREE

This longer event, for ‘Get Outdoors Weekend’, offers the enthusiastic rambler an opportunity to undertake some 6-8 miles of hill walking within the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bring along a packed lunch.

For further details or to book on an event please contact 028 2766 0227. Leaflets are available at the tourist information centres in Ballymoney, Coleraine, Limavady and Ballycastle.