Know before you go
Easy terrain. Trail length: 0.55 miles.
Formal footpath suitable for wheelchair users.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitAll year
About the reserve
This small, linear nature reserve in Co. Londonderry is situated along the final stretch of the Moyola River, an important fishery for salmon, trout and dollaghan - a Lough Neagh variety of brown trout unique to Northern Ireland.
As you stroll along the river you may spot grey wagtails on the rocks and kingfishers flashing vividly above the water. Winter brings wildfowl such as whooper swan, goldeneye and great-crested grebe which can be seen off the river mouth from the bird hide.
In summer, the nearby reedbeds are home to breeding sedge warblers, while in winter, small flocks of long-tailed tits, goldfinches and redpolls can be seen foraging along the riverside path.
At Moyola, we maintain the riverside path for visitor access in partnership with Ballmaguigan Community Development Association. We also control Himalayan balsam – a non-native invasive species, common in many river systems in Northern Ireland.