Ballymaclary Nature Reserve

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Derry
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This reserve contains some dune slack communities, which are few in number in Northern Ireland.  There is one particular moss, Rhytidium rugosomwhich flourishes in these dunes that has not been found anywhere else in Ireland. 

Low lying dune slacks periodically flooded in winter have a rich and varied range of summer flowering plants, including large numbers of the otherwise rare marsh helleborine.

Around Ballymaclary the shoreline is currently eroding but this is part of the overall cycling of sediments in the Magilligan / Tunns Bank system. 

Ballymaclary Nature Reserve is entirely within a danger zone on MoD property and therefore is not normally accessible by the general public. Access: can only be arranged through the Site manager on Tel. 028 7776 3982.


1. Ballymaclary Nature Reserve

Altitude: 17 ft