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Straidkilly

A peaceful site, impressively situated above Glenarm village, with a variety of colourful flora

This small nature reserve perched above Glenarm village on a limestone escarpment, is covered by hazel woodland with pockets of interesting grassland. Best known for its flora, the site is beautiful in spring when the woodland floor is a sea of colour. Fine views of the stunning Antrim coast and the Mull of Kintyre can be enjoyed from the picnic area. Red squirrels can be found in the woodland, along with rabbits, wood mice, shrews and stoats. Look out for Northern Ireland Priority Species; wood white butterfly, mistle thrush, song thrush and bullfinch. Notable plants associated with this nature reserve include wood vetch, stone bramble and birds-nest orchid.

Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland, Upland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Glenarm
3 miles - Ulster Wildlife
Feystown
4 miles - Ulster Wildlife
ECOS
11 miles - Ulster Wildlife

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Reserve information

Location
Straidkilly Road
Carnlough
Antrim
BT44 0LQ
Map reference
NW457721
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Facilities
Picnic facilities
Size
8.50 hectares
Access
Yes

Open to general public
Walking information
No formal paths - rough terrain, steep inclines, Caution required
Parking
Park at the old quarry (do not obstruct gates)
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Ulster Wildlife
Tel: 028 44830282
naturereserves@ulsterwildlife.org