The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership have joined forces with Herpetological Society of Ireland and Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK) to provide members of the public the change to learn more about the Common Lizard population in Slieve Gullion and to learn what is in the pond in the Courtyard. This event encourages you to get outside and help us look for frogs, lizards and newts. These amphibians are considered common across the country but there is very little information to confirm this. So, we needs your help to help find these slippery characters.
Living up to its name, the common lizard is the UK’s most common and widespread reptile; it is the only reptile native to Ireland. It is found across many habitats, including heathland, moorland, woodland and grassland, where it can be seen basking in sunny spots. Also known as the ‘viviparous lizard’, the common lizard is unusual among reptiles as it incubates its eggs inside its body and ‘gives birth’ to live young rather than laying eggs. Adults emerge from hibernation in spring, mating in April and May, and producing three to eleven young in July.
There will be 3 sessions available on Saturday 30th March running from 10.00 – 11.30, 12.00 – 13.30 and 14.00 – 15.30 and children from 6 years are welcome.
Groups will be split into three activity groups, the three groups will then rotate through the following activities:
- Site walk: Walking through the site at Slieve Gulion Forest Park, looking for common lizards and recording.
- Pond Clear up in Slieve Gullion Courtyard: learning how to keep a pond clean and helping do a litter pick of the pond. Seeing what is in the pond.
- Classroom: Angie Juliana Co-ordinator of What’s in You pond will be explaining what you can expect to find in the pond. Learning about Frogs and newts in the pond. Making herpy stones, and make models of frogs, newts and lizards from air dried clay, learning about their life cycle.
The workshops are weather dependant and are mostly outside, so please make sure all your group is wear suitable clothing. The event is part of the Mourne Gullion Strangford proposed UNESCO Global Geopark activity Programme