Discover rare orchid at Lough Beg

Lough Beg, near Toomebridge, is just one of a handful of sites in Northern Ireland which is home to a rare type of wild orchid known as Irish Ladys Tresses.
Lough Beg, near Toomebridge, is just one of a handful of sites in Northern Ireland which is home to a rare type of wild orchid known as Irish Ladys Tresses.

The wet grassland along the western shore of Lough Beg is just one of a handful of sites in Northern Ireland which is home to a rare type of wild orchid known as Irish Lady’s Tresses.

This beautiful scented plant derives its name from the spirals of small whitish coloured flowers which, with a little imagination, resemble the braided hair of a beautiful maiden.

On Sunday, July 31 join RSPB Northern Ireland to explore the rich wetland near Toomebridge to look for the orchids in full bloom.

Visitors will learn all about the vital work the charity is doing to create homes for nature together with local farmers, communities and other key stakeholders.

Walkers are asked to meet at the car park of the White River Hotel in Toomebridge for 11am.

From there a bus will transport you to the site for a two hour walk - wellington boots and waterproofs are essential. Due to the nature of the area, dogs are not permitted.

After the tour walkers will be transported back to the White River Hotel where light refreshments will be provided.

This event is free, although any donations towards the conservation work being carried out at the site will be gratefully received.

Booking is essential by calling 028 9049 1547 or emailing amy.colvin@rspb.org.uk.