The mature oaks form a dense canopy overhead, with birch on the higher ridges. Rowan, Hawthorn, Holly and Hazel grow beneath to form a understory, with alder and willow in the damper areas beside the streams. Ferns fungi and mosses thrive in the damp, shady conditions and in winter the dark green holly bushes contrast with the leafless branches of the oak, birch and hazeland are bedecked with both lichens and mosses.
Tits and treecreepers are common and keep an eye out for a sparrowhawk or buzzardhunting among the trees.
There is also a small population of red squirrels present in the adjacent conifer plantation which are often seen in the hawthorn bushes skirting the Oakwood.
In Spring and Summer the boggy pools and damp gullies are a heaven for newts and dragonflies , and bluebells and wood anemones are among the woodland flowers.
* Please keep to the paths. This will protect the tree seedlings, which are essential to the survival of the wood and cannot withstand trampling.*
Due to an outbreak of Phythophora in the larch and other pine species surrounding Breen Oakwood the Twilight Beasties event listed for 9th October is now cancelled. **
NIEA apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Location / Directions
From Ballycastle or Armoy Village take the Glenshesk Road. Breen Oakwood is signposted along a Forest Track where a small car park is available.
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