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Ballynahone Bog

Northern Ireland's second largest area of intact raised bog supporting a rich diversity of wildlife.

Located south of Maghera, this is the largest of Ulster Wildlife's nature reserves and has an incredible range of bog flora, including nationally rare sphagnum mosses, liverworts and bog rosemary. The bog and surrounding birch woodland is very rich in birds, dragonflies and butterflies, including the biggest known colony of the large heath butterfly in Northern Ireland.

Look out for NI Priority Species; hen harrier, curlew, skylark, song thrush, bullfinch, linnet and reed bunting. Other interesting birds found here are merlin and jack snipe (during winter), breeding snipe and a small heronry.  Amanita fulva and russula flava are some of the fabulous fungi to be found in the birch scrub surrounding the bog.  Rare and unusual sightings are purple spoonwort, a species more associated with coastalareas in the west, and the saldid bug (chartoscirta elegantula) which was found here in 2010 - the third such recording of this species in Ireland.  Barn owl and Irish hare have also been recorded on this nature reserve. 

Nearby nature reserves

Moyola Waterfoot
8 miles - Ulster Wildlife
Umbra
25 miles - Ulster Wildlife
Cottage Farm
29 miles - Ulster Wildlife

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Reserve information

Location
Ballynahone Road
Maghera
Derry
BT46 5DL
Map reference
NV995571
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Opening Times
Access by permission only, contact Ulster Wildlife.
Size
224.00 hectares
Status
Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI)
Access
Yes

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Walking information
No paths, wet, rough terrain, frequent draining ditches and ponds. Caution required.
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Ulster Wildlife
Tel: 028 4483 0282