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Northern Ireland has a stunning and diverse variety of wildlife that can be enjoyed in any season.  Surrounded by waters and dominated by lush greens, rolling hills and rugged landscapes makes it an ideal destination to walk on the wild side. 

In the spring time spectators can enjoy the sight of lambs and calves enjoying their first days of sunshine playing in the lush green fields in all counties.

The glorious coastline surrounding the island and majestic mountain peaks invite an array of wildlife waiting to be spotted.

All year round common seals can be observed on Strangford Lough, one of the most important breeding sites in Ireland.  Common seals are best spotted when the tide is out and young pups can be marveled in June or July and can take to the water immediately after birth.

More common animals including Badgers, Foxes, Deer and Rabbits can be seen through-out the province but over the years exciting birds of prey such as the Red Kite and the Peregrine Falcon are making Northern Ireland their home and offers the opportunity for visitors and locals to marvel at these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat as nature intended.

Northern Ireland is also home to world class attractions such as the Belfast Zoo and Animal Parks and Nature Reserves allowing access to an abundance of wildlife, resources and educational information. 


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Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

Enjoy a dip in the deep sea without getting wet at NI’s only aquarium and meet Bubbles our very own Clown Fish.

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.

Phils Farm, Tassagh, Armagh

Phil’s Farm is the biggest and most diverse animal farm in Northern Ireland. We are pleased to announce that, due to overwhelming demand, we are now open for group visits. We are open seven days a week from 09:00 to 18:00.

Seascope Lobster Hatchery and Marine Research Centre, Kilkeel, Newry

Seascope provides an interactive experience with Lobsters at all stages and other marine wildlife. Our visitor centre and hatchery offer opportunities for all ages to learn more about the local fishing industry and sustaining the marine environment.

World of Owls, Randalstown, Antrim

World of Owls, Owls, Eagles, Hawks, Falcons & Vultures: Groups, schools, parties, seminars, corporate and team-building days are catered for. Outreach visits and various courses are available on request. Light refreshments on site.

The Coastal Zone, Portrush, Portrush

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

Please note that the visitor centre is currently closed.

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