This glorious wetland retreat, located just outside Downpatrick, boasts a variety of beautiful and tranquil woodland and riverside walks. The bird hide overlooking the freshwater lake allows for excellent bird watching opportunities.
In summer, an abundance of swans and various breeding wildfowl can be seen, including the scarcely seen Gadwall. Migrating wading birds make the area home in spring and autumn and in winter large numbers of widgeon and ducks are abundant.
The attractive stone cottage visitor centre with a nature garden features displays on the unique wildlife and history of the area. The centre also has scooter and wheelchair access.
Opening times:2015/16 - Visitor Centre
The Centre is open Monday to Thursday from 10:00 - 16:00, and Sunday from 12:00 – 16:00, running until 15 September.
The Bird Hide is open Monday to Friday. For details of weekend opening contact 02844 615520
The Nature Reserve is open access all year round.
Location / Directions
Off A25 north of Downpatrick
- Picnic Area
- Parking Available
- Free (parking charges may apply)
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