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Wildlife

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 various wildlife and nature reserves, allowing access to an abundance of wildlife, resources and educational information. 

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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.

Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

Exploris is Northern Ireland's public Aquarium and seal sanctuary. Discovery pool demonstrations, run by experienced guides, at regular intervals throughout each day give you the opportunity to interact with a variety of living marine animals.

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