Binevenagh 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.

Designation

Grid Reference: C 685309
         

Description

Binevenagh is part of the northernmost outcropping of the Antrim Plateau formed when, around 60 million years ago, molten lavas poured out over the surface. The basalt crags towering above the flat coastal plain of Magilligan are an impressive sight. From the top, magnificent views of Lough Foyle and Donegal can be obtained on a clear day.

Landscape features such as block slumping and scree are prominent. Most available nooks and crannies in the windswept cliffs are occupied by some hardy plants.Two of the species at Binevenagh, moss campion and purple saxifrage, are rare in Northern Ireland.

Mosses and ferns hug the more sheltered parts of the cliff face, especially the damp sides of crevices where water trickles down from above.
In early summer, the grassy slopes below show a variety of colours as harebells, thyme, kidney vetch, bird's-foot trefoil and many more take their turn to flower. Overhead you're likely to see kittiwakes, fulmars, buzzards and even a raven or peregrine falcon.

Access is not restricted but the reserve is at least 3/4 mile walk from the nearest available parking. Part of site management is grazing by sheep so please either leave dogs at home or keep them on a lead at all times.

Facilities

None. For the most part, the grassland is steep and uneven. There are no formal paths and it is necessary to negotiate stiles.

Site manager: 028 703 59977

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