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Nature Reserves


Visit one of NIEA's Nature Reserves and discover a wealth of Nature wildlife, habitats and geology. 

Places To Visit

Quoile Pondage Nature Reserve, Downpatrick

The Quoile estuary is steeped in legends of Saint Patrick who landed in the area. Steamboat quay, Quoile quay and the timbers of a sailing ship are a reminder that the Quoile was once a busy port for nearby Downpatrick.

Boorin Nature Reserve, Gortin, Omagh

The characteristic small, pointed hills of Boorin Nature Reserve were formed when the melting ice sheets of the last Ice Age left behind huge amounts of sand and gravel. These hills are now cloaked in heather and are surrounded by peat bog.

The Coastal Zone, Portrush, Portrush

Coastal Zone is home to coastal and marine exhibitions. Indoor rock pool with live sea creatures.

Kebble and Kinramer Nature Reserves, Rathlin Island

Rathlin is Northern Ireland’s only inhabited off-shore island and is thought to come from the Irish ‘Reachlan’ meaning ‘rocky reef’.

Mullenakill & Annagariff Wood Nature Reserves, Dungannon

Mullenakill and Annagariff Wood Nature Reserves are located at Peatlands Park and are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Ness and Ervey Woods Nature Reserves, Killaloo, Londonderry/Derry

Set in the Burntollet Valley within Ness Country Park, this nature reserve provides the opportunity to explore peaceful woodland, a gorge and high waterfall.

Portrush Nature Reserve, Portrush

The seashore rocks at Portrush National Nature Reserve hide a tale of heated debate around the very origins of rocks.

Marlbank Nature Reserves, Irvinestown, Enniskillen

These are a set of three sites which collectively comprise the Marlbank Nature Reserves. They include the Marble Arch Forest Nature Reserve, the Killykeeghan and Crossmurrin Nature Reserve and the Hanging Rock and Rossaa Nature Reserve. Over a relatively small area, visitors can discover caves, steep gorges, cliffs and woodlands, as well as areas of extended grassland covered in wildflowers.

Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve,

At one time, Oakwoods covered much of North-East Antrim. Gradually, the trees were felled for timber and the land cleared for farming. Today, Breen Oakwood is one of the last fragments of these once extensive woodlands.

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