Bird Watching At Quoile Countryside Centre

The Quoile's rich mosaic of habitats is regulated by the daily fluctuations in water levels. Marsh plants grow along the river fringes, with reedbeds, rushy grassland and willow scrub. Freshwater habitats are rich in insect life, providing food for fishsuch as rudd and eels which, in turn, feed grey herons, cormorants and grebes.

Quoile Caste is believed to have been built around 1600 and to have been assoicated with the West family. It has three floors below the attic and good barrel vaulting which wicker centering on the ground floor. Built on estuarine mud, the south-east angle eventually collapsed but has been conserved in its present state since the 1980's. Migrating waders pass through in spring and autumn, including interesting rarities.

A superb bird hide is located on the Quoile Pondage at Castle Island road (off the Downpatrick to Strangford Road) about 3 miles from the visitor centre. The bird hide is open from 10:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday. Currently on Saturdays and Sundays by key holders only (a key is available on request on Sundays at the Quoile Countryside centre).

Persons wishing to obtain their own personal key can contact the Site manager at Quoile Countryside Centre, leaving their contact details and a key will issued.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Downpatrick Visitor Information Centre
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Downpatrick
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