Find out more about East Antrim’s fantastic coast

Peregrine falcon.

Peregrine falcon.

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Larne and Carrickfergus Councils are running two special free events in June aimed at encouraging the public to explore the local wildlife and countryside.

According to Ben Simon, a biodiversity officer working with both councils, this time of year provides some of the best opportunities to enjoy and learn about the countryside around us.

“The beautiful Antrim coast is rightly world famous for its dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery,” he said.

“There are also many hidden places that are well worth exploring and the birdlife, wild flowers and marine life is exceptional. These two events provide an opportunity to discover something new about the area and everyone is welcome.’

“On Saturday, June 2 at 10am there will be a chance to meet the Whitehead Peregrine family. Come to Beach Road Nature Reserve, Whitehead, to watch these stunning birds and their youngsters in their nest high in the cliffs. Park by the Scout Hut.

“On Saturday, June 9 at 2pm come to Portmuck, Islandmagee, to celebrate World Oceans Day and discover our beautiful coast. This is a chance to see coastal birds and perhaps, if we are lucky, dolphins. Meet at Portmuck car park.”

Both events are being organised with local expert Ian Enlander. Participants are urged to wear outdoor clothes, and to bring binoculars or a telescope if possible. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.