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

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year

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 

Best Foot Forward for 2012!

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.

A Murmuration of Starlings

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

A Long Winter's Nap

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.

These are the Days of Miracle and Wonder

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

Wer Are Six Months Old and Walking Already!

  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

We are Walking through the Winter!

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

Heritage Week Walk on the Barrow

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