Our smallest nature reserve: this pleasant meadow is the prime site for one of Northern Ireland's rarest flowers - wood cranesbill.

Location

Feystown Road
Glenarm
BT44 0EA

OS Map Reference

D 315 105
A static map of Feystown

Know before you go

Size
1 hectare

Entry fee

N/A

Grazing animals

Yes

Access

Not open to the public. Best viewed from the roadside with care to avoid damage to the wood cranesbill. 

Dogs

No dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

N/A

Best time to visit

June to August

About the reserve

Located in the Glens of Antrim, this meadow is traditionally managed by annual cutting followed by grazing with livestock.

This practice ensures the survival of the beautiful but rare wood cranesbill, which is only found at a select number of locations in Northern Ireland, all within the Glens of Antrim.

Seeds from Feystown were successfully used to grow plants for other suitable nearby sites to increase the range of this species. Although small, this is still a good place to see butterflies such as orange-tip, green-veined white and meadow brown.

A range of other species-rich meadow plants can be found here, such as common knapweed and yellow rattle.

As Feystown is a small nature reserve and sensitive to trampling it is not open to the public, but can be viewed from the roadside with care.

Contact us

Ulster Wildlife
Contact number: 028 9045 4094

Environmental designation

Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI)