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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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Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

Oak wood from Tollymore Forest Park was used for the interiors of the White Star liners which included the Titanic. A walk along the Shimna River is marked by many curiosities, natural and artificial - rocky outcrops, bridges, grottos and caves.

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.

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.

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.

Kearney Village, Strangford, Downpatrick

Owned by the National Trust, it is a picturesque village, composed of whitewashed cottages.
Kearney, is a picturesque 18th century fishing village restored by National Trust with scenic coastal walks. There is an abundance of wildlife to be seen, including birds and coastal flowers. A small visitor centre is open from dawn to dusk, as are the public toilets and car park. Disabled Toilet also.

Mellon Fun Farm, Omagh

A Family Fun Farm in County Tyrone

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