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Murlough is cared for as Ireland's first nature reserve since 1967, the fragile 6000 year old sand dune system offers some lovely walks. Due to the reserves wild nature you can discover birds, flowers, butterflies and more, all overlooked by the rounded peaks of the Mourne Mountains to the south.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Busy Day at the Beach

With the sunshine, comes the swarmes of people! The weekend past (8/9th June) was a record weekend for us at Murlough. This kept our VEA staff incredibly busy, as hundreds of people flocked to the beach to enjoy the first (and possibly last being Northern Ireland) of the summer sunshine.  

As volunteers, we offered to help the VEA's (Visitor Experience Assistants) with the busy period, by doing litter picks throughout the weekend to keep on top of things, ensuring Murlough remained at its best. We were also keeping an eye out for any fires on the reserve (BBQ's gone awry), and even helped a couple of lost children. 

The  pictures above show just how busy the beach was, and the bottom demonstrates just how happy and cheesy we can be at our work (and how big our wardens thumbs are). 

The beach clean-up continued into Monday and Tuesday, and we would like to say a big thank you to Andy, the volunteers from Castle Ward, and Ella the dog, who kindly came down on these days to help.  Your work was a big help, and much appreciated!

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