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Cottage Farm

A peaceful and secluded wood along the banks of the River Strule to the north west of Omagh town, this nature reserve is part of a fully functioning privately owned farm.

The woodland flora reveals a lot about the history of Cottage Farm: the profusion of bluebells and anemones suggest a long established wood that is ancient in origin, whilst specimen exotic trees and small larch plantations are evidence of human influence from the more recent past. A rough path along the river makes for a pleasant 30-minute stroll. Look out for Northern Ireland Priority Species mammals, such as red squirrel, otter, daubenton’s and pipistrelle bats; and birds such as skylark, song thrush, spotted flycatcher, starling, bullfinch and reed bunting. Keep an eye out for other interesting wildlife including green hairstreak butterfly, kingfisher, Atlantic salmon and brown trout.  

Species and habitats

Habitats
Farmland, Woodland

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Isle Namanfin
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Ballynahone Bog
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Reserve information

Location
Off A5 to Omagh, on minor road to Gorten, just over Knockmyle Bridge
Omagh
Tyrone
Map reference
NV568428
Best time to visit
May - Jun
Aug - Oct
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Opening Times
Access by permission only, contact Ulster Wildlife
Size
43.00 hectares
Access
Yes

Open to Ulster Wildlife members only, permission required, contact Ulster Wildlife
Parking
yes
Dogs
No dogs allowed
Reserve manager
Ulster Wildlife
Tel: 028 4483 0282
naturereserves@ulsterwildlife.org