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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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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.

Scrabo Country Park, Newtownards

This scenic country park is situated around the upper slopes and top of Scrabo Hill near Newtownards and boasts panoramic views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside.

Murlough National Nature Reserve, Dundrum, Newcastle

Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland’s first Nature Reserve since 1967. It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching.

Castlewellan Forest Park & Peace Maze, Castlewellan

Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most oustanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Aboretum attract tree enthusiasts from around the world.

Belfast Zoo, Newtownabbey

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

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