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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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Crom Estate, Newtownbutler, Enniskillen

Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland's most important nature conservation areas.

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.

Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast

Slievenacloy is a vast wildlife paradise of grassland, meadows, rush and heath. It is particularly important for orchids, birds and fungi and offers panoramic views from the Mournes to the Sperrins and beyond. The site is managed by Ulster Wildlife.

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.

Mullenakill & Annagariff Wood Nature Reserves, Dungannon

Mullenakill and Annagariff Wood Nature Reserves are located at Peatlands Park and are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Moneypenny's Lock, Portadown, Craigavon

Restored 18th century lock-keeper's house and stables located on the Newry Canal. Contains a 'Life on the Canal' exhibition.Home to the Moneypenny's Blacksmith Workshop, which provides public metalworking classes. Situated along the Newry Canal path.

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