A family day out on Lough Neagh with light refreshments provided by
Well Done all those that
It must be stressed that the
litter has been brought to the Island by floods and not left by
visitors. Visitors to the Island are usually very
cooperative and do not as a rule leave litter.
on BBC 2 N.I.
Dig WW2 with Dan Snow will be airing again, this time BBC2, on
three consecutive days, August 27, 28 & 29, at 7:00pm
USAAF personnel from the American base at Langford Lodge took time
off to relax on Rams Island. Made a change from working on
Lightnings, Thunderbolts and Liberators etc. Some of the visitors
carved their names and home states on the Beech trees. At the start
of WW2 a detachment of Belgian Troops were actually stationed on the
Island. A television crew from 360 Productions filmed Dan Snow
British Television presenter on Friday evening 5th August 2011 for a
series of historical programmes on WW2 to be aired by the BBC.
Surrounded by airfields and with the famous Sandy Bay Flying boat
base Lough Neagh and Rams Island played a large background role in
the war effort. This was mainly training, servicing and armament
2 February each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of
the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in
the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. Each
year since 1997, government agencies, non-governmental
organizations, and groups of citizens at all levels of the community
have taken advantage of the opportunity to undertake actions aimed
at raising public awareness of wetland values and benefits in
general, and the Ramsar Convention in particular.
To mark World Wetlands Day the Rams Island
Heritage Project has organised a volunteer litter lift on and around
the shores of Rams Island. Saturday 4th February at 11.00 hours boat
from Sandy Bay. Accompanied children welcome. Light refreshments
courtesy of the RBLNAC Charity.
The World Wetlands Day theme for 2012 is Wetlands and
Tourism Wetland tourism has benefits both locally and nationally for
people and wildlife – benefits such as stronger economies,
sustainable livelihoods, healthy people and thriving ecosystems. At
least 35% of Ramsar Sites around the world record some level of
tourism activity and this percentage is consistent throughout all
regions. Of course it is important to consider tourism in all
wetlands – not just those designated as Ramsar Sites – since the
Contracting Parties to the Convention are committed to managing all
wetlands. Rams Island is located within the Lough Neagh Ramsar site.
The Snowdrop litter lift on Saturday, 26
February 2011 has left Rams Island completely litter free. This
meets one of our goals set in 2004.Well done all who helped with all
the hard work over the last two months and during previous winters.
A great effort by all concerned!