Nature Reserves in County Armagh

There are two nature reserves on Forest Service land in County Armagh.

Carnagh (Forest Nature Reserve)

The reserve consists of three small lakes, with associated shore line vegetation, willow and alder scrub and old estate woodland mainly of beech. The central part of the reserve has been colonised by Rhododendron ponticum and Rubus spectablis relics from the estate sporting interests. The whole area is rich in bryophytes and fungi.

The reserve contains a wide variety of bird life, wildfowl visit the lakes in winter and otters may be seen.

  • Map reference: H828295, 3 miles S of Keady
  • Hectares: 12
  • Old estate woodland, lakes
  • Access from car park
  • All year

Hawthorn Hill (Forest Nature Reserve)

The reserve was created to conserve an area of semi-natural woodland with a wide variety of habitats and a rich diversity of flora. Tree cover varies from predominant oak through mixed deciduous woodland of beech and rowan, to mixed conifers, Scots pine and larch and finally to an old pure Norway spruce stand. The ground vegetation ranges from grass/rush to Calluna/Vaccinium communities.

Red squirrels are common and a herd of wild goats from Slieve Gullion shelters in the area in winter.

  • Map reference: J038193, 5 miles SW of Newry
  • Hectares: 29
  • Mixed woodland
  • Access from Slieve Gullion Forest Park car park
  • All year
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