Come along to the Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival 2021 and immerse yourself in the rich landscape, culture and heritage of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This festival is part of the Mourne-Gullion-Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark of events and is funded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. To find a full list of events visit www.ringofgullion.org.
As part of the Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival, join the Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK Team to learn more about what they have managed to achieve in the area and what the future holds. Funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for Northern Ireland, and run in partnership with Newry Mourne and Down District Council, The Herpetological Society of Ireland, The Mourne Heritage Trust, NI ARG, the three year project has had an amazing start in the Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The project aims to reconnect local communities with their natural landscapes through the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. It has developed strong ties with local schools and commmunity groups, as well as developing an engaged team of citizens scientists in the area.
During these strange times and lock downs, the project adapt to the situation by running a very successful Children and Young Adults Art competition in the Ring of Gullion Area with nearly a 100 entries. The competition had 3 age categories:- under 7, 7-12 years old and 12-18 years old with the theme is “Reptiles, amphibians and their habitats”. Art work of all forms were accepted: drawings, paintings, collages etc.
To see the full array of outstanding entries and the winners, join us at An Tobar Wellness Center for prize giving, refreshments and a guided walking tour of the signs which the project worked with the An Tobar volunteers to install over the last year.
Join us for an amazing afternoon to learn more about the Dragons in the Hills Project set up to find out more about Northern Ireland’s own little dragons – our three native amphibians and reptiles: common frog, common lizard and smooth newt.