Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Wicklow
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Glen of the Downs is a steep forested valley in northern County Wicklow. There are several hiking trails leading through the reserve from the car park on the eastern side of the valley. This is an area of sessile oak forest. It is a very good example of the drier type of oak woodland characteristic of acid soils in Wicklow.

The tree canopy is made up of broadleaf trees such as oak, cherry, rowan and ash. Beneath this canopy grows bilberry, bramble, wild garlic, holly, honeysuckle, ivy, woodrush and wood sage. Birds include blackbird, blackcap, chaffinch, jay, robin, sparrowhawk, blue tit, great tit, grey wagtail and wren. Some years, the rare wood warbler visits. Red squirrels are common as are sika deer, fox and badger.

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1. Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve

Altitude: 125 m

Glen of the Downs is a steep forested valley in northern County Wicklow. There are several hiking trails leading through the reserve from the car park on the eastern side of the valley. This is an area of sessile oak forest. It is a very good example of the drier type of oak woodland characteristic of acid soils in Wicklow.

The tree canopy is made up of broadleaf trees such as oak, cherry, rowan and ash. Beneath this canopy grows bilberry, bramble, wild garlic, holly, honeysuckle, ivy, woodrush and wood sage. Birds include blackbird, blackcap, chaffinch, jay, robin, sparrowhawk, blue tit, great tit, grey wagtail and wren. Some years, the rare wood warbler visits. Red squirrels are common as are sika deer, fox and badger.

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