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Inishargy Bog

A cut-over bog: one of the few sites in Northern Ireland where the marsh fritillary butterfly is still found.

Situated midway down the Ards Peninsula, Inishargy Bog is one of a dwindling number of sites in Northern Ireland where the colourful marsh fritillary butterfly can be found. The site is grazed by Exmoor ponies as one way to ensure the nature reserve remains a prime location for marsh fritillaries. The wall brown butterfly can be found here, as well as many other common butterflies. Not only butterflies, but badgers, otters, stoats, foxes, and the Irish hare have all been recorded on the nature reserve. There is a wonderful variety of birds here, such as the mistle thrush, song thrush, linnet, bullfinch or reed bunting. Buzzards, sparrow hawks and kestrels can be seen hunting on the nature reserve and short-eared owls are ocassionally seen here in winter. There have also been reports of recent barn owl activity.

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Balloo Woodland
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19 miles - Ulster Wildlife

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Reserve information

Inishargy Road
BT22 2RG
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Best time to visit
Jun - Aug
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Access by permission only, contact Ulster Wildlife
8.00 hectares

Access by permission only, contact Ulster Wildlife
Walking information
Rough, boggy terrain, no paths, grazing animals
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No dogs allowed
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Ulster Wildlife
Tel: 028 9045 4094