Know before you go
Grazing animalsYes, from May - December
Medium terrain. Trail: 0.85 miles.
Mixture of boardwalk through the cutting and informal walks through the woodland.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times.
Best time to visitMay to September
About the reserve
Milford Cutting includes the species-rich grassland banks of the former Castleblaney, Keady and Armagh Railway and a woodland which runs along part of the River Callan in Co Armagh.
The main attraction in summer is the spectacular display of orchids such as common twayblade, fragrant, common-spotted and the rare marsh helleborine which is found at only a few sites in Northern Ireland.
The wealth of wildflowers and location of the cutting, nestled between drumlins, attracts a wide array of butterflies – up to 18 species to date – including small copper, peacock and ringlet.
There is, as you’d expect, a vibrant bird life in summer including willow warbler, chiffchaff and blackcap. The long corridor is the perfect hunting ground for buzzards and sparrowhawks and on the nearby river, you might well see a kingfisher speeding past.
Hidden with the woodland are several rare Irish whitebeam trees – the largest colony of this species in Northern Ireland.
At Milford Cutting, we mow the grassland banks to ensure the survival of the orchids and other flowering plants, which in turn support a host of insects and birds.