Milford Cutting

A disused railway cutting that hosts an impressive variety of orchids and the largest colony of a very rare tree - the Irish whitebeam.


Access via Old Mill Avenue.
Co Armagh

OS Map Reference

H 859 427
A static map of Milford Cutting

Know before you go

4 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Park on Main street, Milford

Grazing animals

Yes, from May - December

Walking trails

Medium terrain. Trail: 0.85 miles. Stone path. 


Access to nature reserve via Old Mill Avenue. Follow the small pedestrian path, between houses at the end of the avenue, to access the nature reserve. As this is a residential area, we suggest parking in Milford village and walking down to Old Mill Avenue.


On a lead


Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

May 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.

A summer visit is essential to see the spectacular display of orchids. Common twayblade, fragrant, common spotted and the rare marsh helleborine, which is only found at only a few sites in Northern Ireland, paint the reserve with shades of green, pink and purple. 

The wealth of wildflowers and location of the cutting, nestled between rolling 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 bursting into song. 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. The trees bloom with white flowers in May and globular red fruits in September.

At Milford Cutting, we mow the grassland banks to ensure the survival of the orchids and other flowering plants, which in turn supports a host of insects and birds.

Contact us

Ulster Wildlife
Contact number: 028 9045 4094