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Castle Espie - WWT Reserve

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Set on the banks of the stunning Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland where almost the entire population of Light-bellied Brent Geese reside during the winter months. For this reason the Castle Espie foreshore is part of the Strangford Lough Ramsar site. Throughout the year this tranquil and friendly centre is a real delight and a must for the whole family. Like most wetland centres, there are a wide range of wildfowl species and during the winter months the majority of the worlds Brent Geese over winter here.

So much to see and do.

  • Hides and nature walks allow you to get close to wild birds and a collection of endangered birds form around the world.

  • Sustainable Garden has reedbeds, Turtle Hide and Straw Bale Building all giving you tips for a wildlife garden at home.

  • Deep ponds call The Plumbs' have a wide collection of colourful and exotic ducks, geese and swans - the largest collection in Ireland.

  • The Runway - is a private landing strip constructed in the 1960's is visible by the remains for a Victorian brickworks and pottery, giving an insight into the past of Castle Espie area.

  • Hides overlook Strangford Lough, with its eelgrass beds and a wide variety of wildfowl and waders. Here you may see, shelduck, redshank, godwit and plover. Brent Hide is one of the best viewing areas and during the winter months provides a vantage point to witness the sight of the Brent Geese. Most of the worlds population over winter on the lough.

  • Wet Woodland, a unique habitat and is particularly good in winter months.


Location: WWT Castle Espie - Northern Ireland

Grid Reference: NW613209 Ceremonial County: Co. Down

Map Link: VIEW MAP

Aerial photo: Multimap

Getting there: Located on Strangford Lough, 3 miles south of Comber and 13 miles south-east of Belfast. Signposted from the A22 Comber-Killyleagh-Downpatrick road.

Access: Level access in most areas and compacted gravel paths. Path to Viewpoint is steep. Low level viewing windows and ramped access to hides. Free parking
Website: http://www.wwt.org.uk/gallery/118/castle_espie.html
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Email: info.castleespie@wwt.org.uk
Address: WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland
Postcode: BT23 6EA Telephone: 02891 874146
Opening Times: Open daily at 10.30am. Closes Nov-Jan 4.30pm; Feb-Jun and Sept-Oct 5pm; July-Aug 5.30pm

Charges: Free to WWT Members. Non Members: Adult 6.10; Concession (Students, Senior Citizens) 4.65; Child (4-16) 3.05; Family Ticket 16.50; Essential helpers for disabled visitors FREE

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Notes: Facilities include: Coffee shop, gift and book shop, exhibition area, hides, woodland walk, events and activities,  picnic area.

 

 

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Date Updated: 11/2008

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