Watching Our Woods Wake Up Date March 10th Cost €35 PP. Time 12Noon This slow, relaxing 2 hr. Ecotrail will show you Spring waking up; sap rising, buds swelling, birds singing and early migrant arrivals. First delicious edible greens will be picked for salads. Delicious afternoon tea
We are gearing up for the new season with some great walks for you to put in your diary. Event Number 1 will be on March 10th starting at 12 noon in Killedmond. This ecotrail called Watching our Woods Wake Up after Winter. We hope to see Willow and Alder in flower; Kingcups and Coltsfoot as
Just before the celebrations get into full swing, we at Blackstairs Ecotrails would like to thank all our Ecotrailers who walked with us during the year ,for their company, good cheer and for supporting our new business. A big thank you from Robert, Dorothy Ellen and I. I was thinking about the New Year today as I
December 8th, the traditional run-in day to Christmas, is here. In the Blackstairs it is windy and wild. Rooks are tumbling about in the leaden sky and my almost pet Robin is singing his lovely little wintry song outside my window. He's looking for a small shred of cheddar which he usually gets in the morning.
These early days of December with a sprinkling of snow on the top of Mount Leinster, a thin little wind round Killedmond and a late sun rising in the Blackstairs at about 8.35 and going down well before 4.3o, these are tough days for our birds. The ground is wet and cold, there is little feeding around
We have had a terrific frost here in Killedmond. The sun is just coming up over the Blackstairs and the colour of the Beech, Oaks and Walnut are magnificent. But some of our more fragile creatures are not interested in scuffing leaves along a path or saying to themselves how lovely the colours are. They are much more interested in security and a safe place to spend the winter. Some of our more fragile creatures like butterflies have a very snug way out. In particular the Small Tortoiseshell. Tortoiseshells survive the winter as adults and seek out a nice warm, dry shed or even a room in a house to await the arrival of spring.
Thanks to Paul Simon for that line. But what a day we are having in the Blackstairs. Beautiful sunshine, a soft breeze ruffling the changing Beech trees. Pigeons on the Beech nuts and a Robin singing his lonely little song. We hear him so clearly now that all the songsters have taken their long flight back
I can hardly believe that we are six months old next Saturday ,October 1st. We've been walking along the foothills of the Blackstairs, meandering along the River Barrow Valley, looking, watching, listening, observing on our Blackstairs Eco Trails We have seen the stark uplands change from harsh brown to soft green. We have watched
Many of you have been wondering if we are going to walk through the winter. Well ,we are! Here at Blackstairs Ecotrails we plan some terrific walks through different terrains and of course, we will be on the lookout for winter species such as Redwings, Fieldfares, Geese and Whooper Swans. We will watch the landscape and the
Thanks to everyone who came out in the mist and drizzle for our Heritage Week Walk in conjunction with the Irish Wild Life Trust. The Barrow was fresh and beautiful after the early morning rain and looked really well with the water looking good. By 2015 we have to have all our water up to