Glendun (John McSparran Memorial Farm)
Know before you go
Entry feeNo. Ulster Wildlife members only.
Grazing animalsYes, from May to December.
No formal paths. Difficult and rough terrain with steep inclines.
Accessible to Ulster Wildlife members only by permission.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times but only accessible by permission and to Ulster Wildlife members.
Best time to visitMay to September
About the reserve
Glendun contains a variety of habitats including species-rich grassland, scrub, mixed ash woodland, rough moorland and blanket bog.
In spring, migrant birds such as cuckoo, chiff-chaff, willow warbler and blackcap can be seen and heard preparing for the breeding season, along with resident species like dunnock, stonechat, song thrush, and dipper along the Glendun River.
On the blanket bog hill-top, you’ll find the charismatic red grouse, while the occasional golden plover and golden eagle have been spotted during migration.
By summer, the woodland and grassland are full of butterflies such as small heath while on the bog, fox and emperor moths can be found.
Along with otters, who frequently hunt along the river for salmon, other mammals include red squirrel, Irish hare, badger, fox and pygmy shrew.
At Glendun, sheep and cattle grazing helps to maintain the site’s unique biodiversity. We also remove invasive scrub and look after the hedgerows in line with conservation farming management.