Straidkilly Nature Reserve

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Antrim
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Perched high above Straidkilly Point is one of the largest, semi-natural woods in County Antrim. Hazel thickets on the lower slopes give way to mixed woodland of ash, birch, hawthorn and rowan. Before the tree canopy closes overhead in early summer, the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells and the delicate white flowers of wood anemones, while the pungent smell of wild Garlic.  Sunny glades within the woodland provide sheltered areas for insects and butterflies. In particular, look out for small coppers, common blues, speckled woods and tortoiseshells. From the highest point on the reserve, there are superb views over Carnlough, Glenarm and Garron Plateau.

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1. Straidkilly Nature Reserve

Altitude: 275 ft