Explore the wonderful world of mushrooms at Silent Valley!

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Friday, September 19th, 2014
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Come and discover some of the funky fungi at Silent Valley on Sunday 21 September for a nature trail with a difference – exploring some of the native fungi in the beautiful Mountain Park in the company of experts from the Northern Ireland Fungus Group. For anyone with an interest in exploring the flora and fauna of Northern Ireland, this is an event not to be missed – learning more about native species and enjoying the great outdoors at one of our most scenic locations. What’s more, this event is completely free and is suitable for everyone aged 5 and up. So, if you want to learn more about the plant life in the Mourne Mountains, get outdoors in the bracing autumnal air or just stretch your legs of a Sunday afternoon, Silent Valley is the place to be! The event gets underway at 12pm on Sunday 21st September, meeting at the Silent Valley car park. Make sure you don’t forget your magnifier and collection bag! Prior booking online is essential, and this can be done by logging onto: http://www.getoutdoorsweekend.com/book/?id=24953 You can contact education@niwater.com for further information. This event, organised by NI Water, is part of 2014’s Get Outdoors Weekend on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September. Northern Ireland will host over 80 free outdoor activity events as part of Get Outdoors Weekend enticing an estimated 4000 participants from all corners of the country. On offer over the weekend is a range of adventurous activities from canoeing to archery, climbing and bushcraft. Each event will be guided by an outdoor expert to show participants the ropes and offer a lot of encouragement along the way. Participants can also choose from a host of themed guided walks including a nature reserve walk on Rathlin Island and exploring the heritage of Cave Hill on foot. Aideen Exley, Marketing Manager for Get Outdoors Weekend, commented, “Increasingly children are leading a more sedentary lifestyle, spending significant quantities of their time in front of a screen. Doing outdoor activities allows children to feel connected with their environment, play and have fun.” She added, “As all the events are free of charge in Get Outdoors Weekend, this is a unique opportunity in the Northern Ireland calendar for everyone to get active and embrace our parks, forests and waterways.” Visit www.GetOutdoorsWeekend.com to find out more information about this event and to see a full list of events on offer during this action packed weekend. Some events require pre booking online so be sure to visit the website soon as events are booking up fast!
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