Autumn Woodland Walk

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Autumn is the perfect time of the year to discover Derrymore estate. With vibrant bronze and golden tones throughout the winding paths this is perfect time to experience autumn at its best.

Rosemary will share her expansive knowledge as visitors determine the different species of trees, how to recognise them and their seeds, before the colder winter weather sets in and all the leaves fall. 

Friends Meeting House
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Friends Meeting House

There are also many amazing fungi that appear from late summer into autumn, like the iconic Fly Agaric, with its red and white top, or the weirdly shaped Earthstars and Ear fungi. 

Fabulous Earthstar fungi
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Fabulous Earthstar fungi

In autumn, many of Derrymore’s feathered residents will be very busy stocking up on supplies for the winter, so there may be a chance spotting of a Jay, as it hides acorns in the grass.  The Great Spotted Woodpecker may also be heard or even better seen. These birds have more recently arrived in Ireland and are now breeding at Derrymore. 

The walk will start at Derrymore House and make its way towards and around the woods, including a visit to the ancient Early Christian rath, marked by a later Victorian stone arch. 

Victorian Stone Arch on Derrymore estate
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Victorian Stone Arch on Derrymore estate

Participants can find out more about the history of Derrymore and we will pay a visit to the tranquil Friends Meeting House burial ground before making  the way back to Derrymore House.  Any children who are attending the event will have a chance to make their own little colour card to bring home, using tiny pieces of leaves of many different colours.

Graves at Friends Meeting House at Derrymore
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Graves at Friends Meeting House at Derrymore

Derrymore’s Autumn Woodland Walk will take place on Saturday 2 November from 10am to 12noon and all are welcome.

Admission is free. Donations, which would go towards looking after this special place, would be gratefully received.