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Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve

The mature oaks at Breen form a dense canopy overhead, with birch on the higher ridges. Trees such as Rowan, Hawthorn, Holly and Hazel grow beneath to form a understory, while alder and willow tend to thrive in the damper areas and are often located beside the streams. Plants such as ferns, fungi and mosses tend to thrive in the damp, shady conditions and in winter the dark green holly bushes contrast with the leafless branches of the oak, birch and hazeland are bedecked with both lichens and mosses.

Birds such as tits and treecreepers are very common in this area and are often spotted by visitors. If visitors are lucky, they may be able to spot a sparrowhawk or a buzzard hunting amongst the trees.

There are also a small population of red squirrels present in the adjacent conifer plantation and are often regularly seen in the hawthorn bushes skirting the Oakwood.

In Spring and Summer the boggy pools and damp gullies are a haven for newts and dragonflies, and bluebells and wood anemones are among the woodland flowers.

Please keep to the paths. This will protect the tree seedlings, which are essential to the survival of the wood and cannot withstand trampling.

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Open access all year round.

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Breen Oakwood Nature Reserve

Breen Oakwood
County Antrim
BT53 8YH
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T: (028) 3885 3955
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