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Podcasts

Moneypenny's Lockhouse and Knock Bridge
Embark on a journey through our past and discover the history and heritage associated with the Newry Canal Waymarked Way. Starting at the Towpath in Portadown, this podcast highlights important landmarks along the way, as well as buidling up a picture of what life was like on the Canal in times gone by.

Content is sectioned according to facts about Portadown; Shillington's Quay to Point of Whitecoat; Point of Whitecoat to Moneypenny's Lock; Moneypenny's Lock to Knock Bridge; Railways and finally Canals in the North of Ireland.

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Oxford Island National Nature Reserve during the Seasons
Listen to the sounds of nature all year round at the Reserve.

Spring - The Reserve comes alive in the Spring with carpets of bluebells and other flowers in full bloom.  The trees have come back to life after their winter sleep and many migrant species of birds such as House Martins, Swifts and Swallows set about making their mud nests and raising their young by feeding them on the famous Lough Neagh flies that hatch out in their millions at this time of year.

Summer - This time of year affords great opportunities to see insects such as Dragonflies, Damselflies and Butterflies around the ponds, whilst many different species of wildflowers are in full bloom in the meadows.

Autumn - Great changes are happening on the Reserve during this time.  Migrating birds are laeaving for warmer climates whilst others are just arriving to spend the winter here.  Most species of trees are now losing their leaves and natures recylers, with an army of insects and fungi waiting to eat the dead materials.  Trees and bushes are also awash with natural foods such as blackberries, sloes and apples.

Winter - Undoubtedly the best time to visit the Reserve if you want to do some serious birdwatching.  Thousands of birds such as Teal, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye turn up to feed and shelter.  Migratory Whooper and Bewick Swans plus flocks of Greylag Geese can also be seen on the fields close to the Closet River, whilst Redwings and Fieldfares have flown in from Scandinavia to feed on the abundance of berries in the area.

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A Taste of the Lough Neagh Southern Shore
If you're looking for a perfect day across the Lough Neagh Southern Shore, embark on a short journey of our key attractions and ideal ways to spend an afternoon.  Visit the magical Coney Island up close; admire the jetty at Kinnego Marina; board the Master McGra for a trip around the shoreline; watch canoeists, sailors, cyclists and outdoor adrenalin junkies all enjoy some leisurely fun.  Discover More, Discover Craigavon. (Approx 3mins download time.)

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