Isle of Man News last updated 23 August 2013 06:05:00

Hop tu Naa Festival at Cregneash

POSTED Mon at 10:27 am

Cregneash will host its big annual Manx Hop tu Naa celebration on Sunday 30th October, on the last day of the 2016 season at the site. Manx Hop tu Naa, comes from the same roots as the Hogmanay in Scotland and is actually a New Year celebration. Unlike the modern Scottish Hogmanay celebration, Manx Hop tu Naa observes the Celtic calendar and celebrates the New Year around this time of year. Traditionally this is a time of great celebration as the harvest has been safely gathered and the night’s drawing in, which for those who worked by the light of day was considered a great blessing. As well as the customary carving of the humble moot (turnip) into your favourite spooky lantern creation, there will be live Manx music, a sing-along to the...

Get Wild about Gardens and Bats

POSTED Mon at 9:01 am

Tips to bring bats to your garden and events this Half TermEvery year the Wildlife Trusts team up with the RHS to encourage gardeners to help support wildlife in their gardens. With the decline of habitats and wild spaces, gardens are becoming ever more important, in the UK alone gardens total a greater area than all the nature reserves added together. By all joining together we can make a real difference for our wildlife!This year we are focussing on how to improve our gardens to encourage bats and the week runs from 24th to 30th October 2016, bats are not just for Halloween! How you can help make your garden bat-friendlyPlant a bat feast: grow plants that encourage insects to your garden so bats can dine on them. Bats need to eat a huge...

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