Rams Island Heritage Project Supported By
The Rams Island Heritage Project is an undertaking of the River Bann and Lough Neagh Association Company.
Rams Island Interpretive Centre
Volunteers and Visitors in the barge
The barge has proved very popular with visitors (young and old) and a pleasant surprise particularly on a wet day.
Rams Island and the Lough Neagh wetlands have a lot to offer the visitor in terms of natural and built history.
It was originally thought to build an interpretive centre on the Island to educate visitors but following discussions with E.H.S.(now N.I.E.A.), our own research and because of possible environmental impacts and prohibitive costs it was decided to use a floating facility aboard a barge moored at the Island.
The barge is used as a Gateway for visitors to the Island not only in the symbolic sense but groups of visitors are usually treated to hot drinks aboard the barge as they learn about the environment of Rams Island. The barge is the recommended first port of call for visitors to learn about the various interests the Island has to offer the visitor and also to advise visitors about any negative impacts they could inadvertently cause to the Island whilst visiting. The barge also has a disabled access toilet. The barge serves as a wet weather shelter for visitors waiting to board the ferry. It is also used as a workshop for special interest groups (Fungus/Bat/Birding groups etc).
The barge is now the cornerstone for volunteers who come to Island to work at the various environmental restoration projects that are planned/in progress (native tree planting, path restoration, habitat creation, invasive species management etc.) Up to thirty volunteers have dined aboard the barge thanks to the volunteers who staff the galley.
This site was last updated 12-May-2021