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New Quality Walk on WalkNI - Portmore Lough

Mar
14
2016

Featuring a hidden wetland, lough and meadows, RSPB managed reserve Portmore Lough is a treasure trove of wildlife waiting to be explored. 

The one mile linear route, recently added as a quality walk to WalkNI is the perfect place to experience nature at any time of year. A ten minute drive from Aghalee Village in Co. Antrim enjoy panoramic views of the reserve from the viewing platform or take a stroll down the all-weather boardwalk to the hide and watch the wildlife out on the water.

During the summer the traditional hay meadows alongside the Lough come alive with an amazing array of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies, while in the winter, greylag geese, whooper swans and thousands of ducks can be seen from the hide on the Lough edge. The reserve is also home to a herd of konik ponies, which graze the land and help us create perfect conditions for breeding birds like lapwings. Remember to keep an eye out for Irish hares lolloping across the fields too.

In summer you can make the most of the picnic area and don't forget to explore the wildlife garden too, which is full of homes for birds, insects and hedgehogs all year round. 

For more information on Portmore Lough, or any of the RSPB’s reserves in Northern Ireland, visit www.rspb.org.uk/reserves.