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Ness and Ervey Woods Nature Reserves
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Ness Country Park, County Londonderry

Located in the Burntollet Valley within Ness Country Park, this nature reserve provides the opportunity to explore a wonderful and peaceful woodland, a gorge and spectacular waterfall. Ness Wood is named for ‘an las’ or Ness, meaning Waterfall, in this case it is known as the highest waterfall in Northern Ireland.

As the paths wind their way through the canopy of oak, ash and beech woodland, along the Burntollet River to the Ness waterfall. This will then lead you to the parkland between the two blocks of woodland. Moreover, as the damper parts of the wood are dripping with mosses, ferns and lichens, this is the only site in Northern Ireland where welsh pocket moss is found.

Bluebells and wood sorrel carpet the ground in spring and bilberry and hazel provide food for the birds and during summer, warblers fill the glades with the beautiful sounds of birdsong. Visitors if lucky can watch for elusive red squirrels high in the trees and for signs of badgers digging in the soil. Otters are also known to hunt in the river nearby. During wintertime, rowan berries and bright red holly can provide a flash of colour in the woodland. Visitors may be able to spot small clouds of purple hairstreak butterflies during summertime if they look above the canopy of the stately oaks.

The best time to visit would be late Spring for woodland flowers, summer for purple hairstreak butterflies, autumn for woodland colour and red squirrels and all year round for a beautiful woodland walk.

Here at Ness and Ervey Woods Nature Reserve there is a visitor centre, car park, toilets, picnic tables and interpretation panels as well as maintained paths and walkways.

Opening times

Country Park:

1st April 2017 – 31st May 2017 09:00 – 19:00 daily

1st June 2017 – 15th Sept 2017 09:00 - 09:00 daily

16th Sept 2017 – 31st March 2017 9am – 4.30pm daily

Visitor Centre:

1st April 2014 – 31st May 2014 1pm – 5pm Sat, Sun & Public holidays only

1st June 2014 – 15th Sept 2014 10am – 5pm daily

16th Sept 2014 – 31st March 2015 12noon – 4pm Sunday ONLY

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Admission free


  • Free (parking charges may apply)
  • Parking Available
  • Toilets

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  • Free (parking charges may apply)
  • Parking Available
  • Toilets
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Ness and Ervey Woods Nature Reserves

Ness Country Park 50 Oughtagh Road
County Londonderry
BT47 3TR
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T: (028) 3885 3955
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