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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.

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.

Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Enniskillen

Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.

The Torpedo Platform, Antrim

The Torpedo Platform in Antrim Bay can be viewed from Antrim Lough Shore Park. It was constructed during the early years of the Second World War.

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.

Castle Ward House and Demesne, Strangford, Downpatrick

This 18th century house has two distinctly different facades, Classical and Gothic. The beautiful 820 acre walled demesne overlooks Strangford Lough. A fascinating mix of family history, leisure pursuits, events and industrial heritage.

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