Ringcreevy is on the edge of Strangford Lough, between Comber and Newtownards. My photos start in the lough itself, with the birds. Twenty thousand Pale-Bellied Brent Geese arrive here every winter, flying in from Canada via Greenland and Iceland. Here are just a few geese and oystercatchers which I photographed in Ringcreevy.
You can clamber out of the mud on Rough Island.
In 1936, archaeologists from Harvard University excavated a Mesolithic shell midden on the summit of Rough Island, which suggests that people were living here 5,000-10,000 years ago. Most of the Mesolithic shells were oysters. The best I can offer are some Ringcreevy mussels and limpets.
Rough Island’s current inhabitants are birds, like these ones which entertained me last September by huddling on the rocks as the tide rose around them.
A causeway from Rough Island brings you to a headland called Island Hill. I wasn’t impressed with the next image when I took the photo, but it’s actually useful today to show you the Island Hill carpark and visitors’ facilities, as seen from the other side of the estuary. And zooming in on the bottom left corner, I was surprised to spot what I think is an egret.
Ringcreevy is named after this spot, from the Irish Rinn Chraoibhe meaning “headland or promontory of the branch or tree” (as explained on the PLACENAMESNI website).
The Ringcreevy Road will lead you away from the lough across flat, fertile, potato-growing farmland.
These photos were taken from Scrabo Hill. The next one includes Rough Island.
For more about birds-
- click here for an article about egrets on Strangford Lough;
- click here for Castle Espie Wetland Centre;
- click here for Castle Espie’s list of recent sightings for the week when I saw the egret;
- click here for my own blog post on Castle Espie.
Which townlands border Ringcreevy? Ballyrickard, Longlands and Cherryvalley.
Which civil parish is Ringcreevy in? Comber
Which council area is Ringcreevy in? Ards and North Down Borough Council
Which county is Ringcreevy in? County Down