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Birdwatching (Strangford Lough)

Strangford Lough boasts a wide array of bird species, marine life and flora and fauna.

In the winter a large collection of light bellied geese are attracted to the shores and in the summer one can see Terns diving for food as they come to the lough to breed. Bird watching enthusiasts will be delighted with the opportunities that exist to explore the area and the surrounding islands within the lough!

Places To Visit

Bird Watching At Quoile Countryside Centre, Downpatrick

The Quoile's rich mosaic of habitats is regulated by the daily fluctuations in water levels. Marsh plants grow alond the river fringes, with reedbeds, rushy grassland and willow scrub.

Bird Watching At Strangford Lough, Comber, Newtownards

Birds can be viewed from various access points around Strangford Lough.
On the western shore -
Island Hill (Comber); Castle Espie (Comber); Reagh Iland (beside Mahee Island) and Whiterock.

On the eastern shore -
Tide Bank (Floodgates) ...

Copeland Bird Observatory, Templepatrick, Ballyclare

The Copeland Bird Observatory is situated on Old Lighthouse Island owned by the National Trust.

Quoile Pondage Nature Reserve, Downpatrick

The Quoile estuary is steeped in legends of Saint Patrick who landed in the area. Steamboat quay, Quoile quay and the timbers of a sailing ship are a reminder that the Quoile was once a busy port for nearby Downpatrick.

Fast Boat Rides, Donaghadee

Around the Copeland Islands. Ideal for bird watchers, naturalists and photographers.

Ballyquintin Farm (to Bar Hall & Ballyquintin Nature Reserve),

A coastal grassland walk on the tip of the Ards Peninsula

Kiltonga Nature Reserve,

Lakeland walk with wildfowl

Island Hill & North Strangford Nature Reserve,

Accessible at low-tide, this walk around Rough Island provides magnificent views of Strangford Lough and is an excellent view point for bird watching.

Strangford Lough Lookout, Newtownards

The Lookout is a wildlife interpretative centre, showcasing the wildlife around the Strangford Lough area. Telescopes and remotely controlled camers allow close up views of basking seals and breeding seabird colonies.

Burr Point, Ballyhalbert, Newtownards

Burr Point, the most easterly point in Ireland

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Exploring Strangford Lough

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