A family day out on Lough Neagh with light refreshments provided by
Helping the Environment
Supported by Antrim Borough Council
pictures from the event
Despite a gloomy weather forecast 27 Volunteers
from the public turned up at Sandy Bay for the River Bann and Lough
Neagh Association (RBLNA) Shoreline Litter Lift at Rams Island on
Saturday 2nd November. After a short boat ride the Volunteers were
treated to hot drinks and biscuits on the Island before commencing
The rubbish all along the three mile shoreline of Rams island
consisted of almost anything that floats, from empty oil drums, old
boots and trainers, polystyrene packaging to empty drink cans and
The Volunteers worked hard and left the Island Litter free . Lunch
for the Volunteers was served aboard the Associations Barge moored
at the Island courtesy of RBLNA. The Rams Island Heritage Project is
supported by Antrim Borough Council.
The River Bann and Lough Neagh Association is planning another
public volunteer litter lift on Saturday 1st February 2014 to help
celebrate World Wetlands Day 2014. If you wish to volunteer for this
event or to help with other voluntary projects on Rams Island
contact Michael Savage on 07715368050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
website Facebook page Rams Island Heritage Project.
It must be stressed that the
litter has been brought to the Island by floods and not left by
visitors. Visitors to the Island are usually very
cooperative and do not as a rule leave litter.
A short video about the Woodcarvings on the Island
The River Bann & Lough
Neagh Association Co has produced a guide for the two major Islands
of Lough Neagh, Coney Island and Rams Island.
48 pages of information about the flora and fauna, history and a
small hint of scandal.
Ram's Island is located
approximately one mile offshore from Lennymore Bay and Sandy Bay on the
Eastern Shore of Lough Neagh. Rams is the largest island on Lough Neagh.
Lough Neagh was designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest
(ASSI), a Special Protection Area and a Ramsar site in 1992, 1996 and
1976 respectively. It has been suggested that Rams was formed as a
Glacial Esker. It is nearly one mile long by a quarter of a mile wide at
the widest southern end. Notable features of the Island are a round
tower (a scheduled ancient monument 58:16, the remains of a Celtic
Monastic Settlement about a thousand years old) and the ruins of the
O’Neill’s’ nineteenth century summer house. The Island was last
permanently inhabited in the 1920s by the Cardwell family who were
caretakers for the O’Neill’s. The remains of Cardwell’s harbour, left
dry by the lowering of Lough Neagh, can be seen near the ruins of
Cardwell’s little house. The Island has quite a number of mature
deciduous trees including Oak, Ash, Alder, Willow, Birch, Beech,
Sycamore, Lime, Horse Chestnut, and unusually Walnut. There are Yew,
Snowdrops, Bluebells, Primrose, Lords and Ladies (Jack in the Pulpit),
Wild Mint, Wild Garlic, Lesser Celandine, Ferns and a carpet of
Daffodils, depending on the season. Fungi such as Scarlet Elf’s Cap and
Jelly Ear can also be found. There are also various Mosses and Lichens.
Although overgrown, there are remains of a carriageway along the
elevated central spine of the island. There are overgrown paths along
the entire length of the Island. Its remote, wilderness and ‘lost in
time’ qualities make Ram’s a pleasant and attractive place to visit.