Annagariff Nature Reserve

Nature reserves are chosen from among the very best examples of our wildlife, habitats and geology. They contain a wide range of species, communities and geology and their designation is a public recognition by Government of their importance.


Grid Reference: H 9056610


Annagarriff Wood lies at the heart of this reserve, having survived as a hunting preserve for over 200 years. Although felled on occasion, it has never been farmed and most native tree species are present. Oak and birch predominate but rarities such as yew, aspen and alder buckthorn may be seen.

Jays frequenting the canopy often scold resident sparrowhawk and long-eared owls, while on the forest floor, flowers compete for the spring light and badgers find digging easy in the gravelly soils.

Wood Ants abound in Annagarriff which is the only Irish site for this species. Their nests, some as big as a double bed, are monuments to their hard work. Extensive fens and relict uncut raised bogs fringe the woods, home to many rare species of butterflies and moths.

Six species of summering warblers fill the glades with birdsong, while in winter solitary peregrine falcons or hen harriers hunt for wood pigeon and duck.

Plant life is also varied with several rare and interesting bog species present, including four carnivorous species which trap and eat insects to supplement the meagre nutrients available in this harsh environment.

It is easy to get disorientated in the extensive woods and treacherous fens. Permission to leave the path system must be obtained from the Site Manager in advance.


Car parks, visitor centre and exhibition, toilets, etc. at Peatlands Park.
A single path runs around the reserve with access one mile from the Peatlands Park visitor centre.
Site manager: 028 3885 1102. 

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