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The Big Brent Event Returns to Castle Espie on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October of this year

The Big Brent Event Returns to Castle Espie on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October of this year when we will celerbate the return of   80% of the world’s population of Brent Geese from their summer breeding sites. Strangford Lough is their favoured destination following their long journey of 2500km from Arctic Canada.

This year the event will take on a different theme, with the Saturday dedicated to those keen to learn more about the birds, hear from the experts and particpate in our many workshops that we have booked for the day. The Sunday will be aimed at families where people of all ages can learn about the Brent Geese in a fun and exciting way with face painters, music, dancing and more! 

Saturday 7th October 

Join Anthony Meeghan for a talk about his adventures across the world in search of special breeds of birds and more. The talks will take place at 11am and 3pm and refreshments from The Kingfisher Kitchen will be included. 
Interested in art? Nothern Ireland artist, Julian Friers, will be hosting a 'Sketch in the Field' session for budding artists of all capabilities from 12noon. 
Join Graham McIlwaine in the Brent Hide from 10am, prime time to see the Geese on the Lough, when he will be able to identify certain Brent Geese from their rings and tell you about the journey they have been on before landing on Strangford Lough in 2017. 
Photogrpahy Workshop with Nigel Snell - Join Nigel for a walk around the reserve and a wildlife photography session and get the skills you need to capture the best shots of Northern Ireland's wildlife. 

*All Saturday activity is pre-bookable. Full schedule TBC and above times subject to change. To register interest, please email


Sunday 8th October 

Join us for a family fun day dedicated to the journey of the Brent Geese - get your faces painted, enjoy art sessions for kids of all ages with local artist, Bernice Anderson and enjoy games, dancing and more with all the family! 

7 October 2017 - 8 October 2017

Opening Times

  • 10am – 5pm


Contact Details

  • Address WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Co Down, N Ireland, BT23 6EA 78 Ballydrain Road Comber Co Down BT23 6EA
  • Telephone 028 9187 4146
  • Email WWT
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