Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is home to all sorts of wonderful wildlife, from lolloping Irish hares to soaring red kites, not to mention stunning scenery as far as the eye can see.

With RSPB NI reserves dotted across the country, it’s never been easier to get close to nature right on your doorstep. 


Places to visit

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    • Aghatirourke


      Aghatirourke is part of the Cuilcagh Mountain World Geopark in County Fermanagh. It's an area of extensive upland blanket bog habitat bordered by limestone grassland to the north, and montane heath on the summit to the south.

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    • Belfast's Window on Wildlife

      Belfast's Window on Wildlife

      Nestled in the heart of the Belfast Harbour Estate, Belfast Window on Wildlife is home to birds and wildlife from all over the world, and you can get up close and personal with them from the comfort of the visitor centre.

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    • Lough Foyle

      Lough Foyle

      These remote mudflats and fields are the ideal place to see brent geese, whooper swans and wigeons in the early winter months. The best vantage points are on the minor roads off the A2 between Limavady and Londonderry.

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    • Lower Lough Erne Islands

      Lower Lough Erne Islands

      Lough Erne is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the UK. Take a leisurely stroll around the forest trails and look across to some of the 40 islands that make up most of the reserve, two of which you can visit by boat.

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    • Portmore Lough

      Portmore Lough

      Portmore Lough is a great day out at any time of year. In summer, the hay meadows attract a bewildering variety of insects, while in the winter greylag geese, whooper swans and thousands of ducks can be seen from the hide.

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    • Rathlin Island

      Rathlin Island

      Rathlin Island has a rare, untamed beauty. The wildlife is evident before you step ashore - the ferry crossing presents many opportunities to spot auks, gannets and gulls with even a chance of porpoises or dolphins.

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    Northern Ireland updates in the 2020–2021 Annual Report

    An illustration of a gull flying with the Northern Ireland landscape behind

    Find out the latest from RSPB NI: our work to restore Transa Island, and how Portmore Lough nature reserve became a safe haven during a curlew chick rescue mission.

    Or download the full report PDF 9.72Mb

    Red squirrel in wintry forest

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