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Nature Reserves

Northern Ireland is blessed with natural assets- and we want everyone to appreciate them.  Natures Reserves across Northern Ireland provide a haven for wildlife and habitats with breathtaking scenery and sounds. 

From Kebble Nature Reserve at Rathlin Island, just off the coast of County Antrim to Castle Archdale in County Fermanagh visitors are enticed by the natural beauty and outstanding array of wildlife.

Experience a sighting of Guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes as they raise their young on the bare ledges of the cliffs at Kebble Nature reserve during May to July.  Iconic Puffins can also be found here nesting deep within the cliff grassland. 

The Nature Reserves also attract a wide range of other animals such as ducks, snipe, grebes, coots and common seals can also be spotted in various locations throughout the province.  

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Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

Oak wood from Tollymore Forest Park was used for the interiors of the White Star liners which included the Titanic. A walk along the Shimna River is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.

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’.

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Comber, Newtownards

Ireland's largest collection of ducks, geese and swans. Viewing from hides, waterfowl gardens, woodland walks. Extended gardens and woodlands with a gift shop, home made food, art gallery and coffee shop.

Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Killeavy, Newry

'Winner' Tourism Partner Initiatve, NITA Awards 2013. 10km drive up and round this thickly wooded park as well as a mountain top trail to cairns and lake.

Belfast Zoo, Newtownabbey

'Winner' of Best Visitor Experience, NITA Awards 2013. Belfast Zoo is situated on a breath-taking 55 acre site with panoramic views over Belfast Lough. This modern zoo acts as a safe haven for more than 160 species of rare and endangered animals.

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.

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