Get Into Nature and enjoy the great outdoors
The MyNI Team in DAERA is embarking on a new ‘Get Into Nature’ campaign with partners Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, Outdoor Recreation NI, Public Health Agency and others to support Tourism NI’s 2020 Recovery campaign.
‘Get Into Nature’, will take us to the hundreds of hidden gems that we have in our mountains, our valleys, our coastlines, parks and forests.
Get Into Nature
We’re here to help visitors build their outdoor skills, and to provide the information they need to enjoy and the environment they’re visiting.
For many families during lockdown the garden or the local green spaces became the real focus of our attention and with the weather being unseasonably good we took every opportunity to walk, cycle, to grow our own, to plant seeds, to study nature around us and be thankful for our little patch of heaven.
We now see the world completely differently and for most of us we appreciate the true value of nature.
Embrace a Giant Spirit & Get Into Nature
Nature not only inspires us but supports our mental and emotional wellbeing, reduces anxiety and helps us deal with challenges in life that we all face.
Social media was abundant with posts sharing surprising wildlife encounters during lockdown. Visitors have reported sightings of dolphins in untypically calm waters in Florence, goats taking over Welsh streets, people are suddenly reporting more birdsong and becoming aware of nature around them. Animals were also reported to roam more freely across a world that briefly saw reduced traffic and reduced noise-pollution levels. It would be nice to keep it this way.
The Mourne Mountains
We will never again take for granted our stunning landscape as we were unable to visit our favourite hidden gems and attractions, like the spectacular Mourne Mountains.
This Ice Age granite range is home to the highest mountain in Northern Ireland and boasts the ultimate thrill seekers 3 day challenge…the legendary Six Peak Challenge, never mind the breath-taking views! The Mourne Mountains may not be Everest but if not prepared there’s real dangers to be found and therefore they should be treated with caution and respect.
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Be considerate of others
- Have the right kit
- Tell people where you are going
- Check the weather forecast
- Be alert – focus on surroundings, kids & animals
- Respect farm animals and wildlife
- Travel and camp on durable ground
- Dispose of waste properly
- Minimise the effects of fire