Ballyarr Wood is a national Nature Reserve is one of the best and largest examples of semi-natural deciduous woodland in the north-west of the country. Ballyarr Wood is located near Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland and is predominantly old oak woodland. A number of other habitats including wet woodland, scrub, wet heath and wet grassland also occur. The oak woodland has a well developed structure, with a high canopy of well grown oaks, and a good understory of holly and hazel and rich ground flora. Access is provided at Ballyarr by a circular path which takes you through the oldest part of the woodland and shows the variety of habitats. Ballyarr is a fantastic place to explore some of Ireland’s better known mammals. Evidence of badgers with huge sets and fox holes are to be found, deer visit the woodland occasionally and stoats make their homes in the old stone walls throughout the wood. Bird Watching and birdlife in Ballyarr is very diverse from the larger nesting Buzzards and Ravens to the noisy Jay and not to mention the wonderful chorus of the smaller woodland birds.
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