Nature Reserves in County Londonderry

There are two nature reserves on Forest Service land in County Londonderry

Craig-na-Shoke (FNR)

The reserve is made up of three distinct areas. At the highest elevations on Mullaghmore (560 m) dendritic erosion has led to the development of peat 'mushrooms' and erosion channels. Two club mosses Lycopodium selago and the rarer L. alpinum are present. An area of stepped terraces resulting from landslips is an important geomorphological feature. On the drier slopes a varied montane grassland flora has developed.

Map reference: C746005, 4 miles NW of Draperstown.
Hectares: 90
Peat erosion, landslips, montane grassland.
Access on foot via forest roads from the public road to the south west.

Loughan Island (FNR)

The reserve is a small island in the River Bann, probably enlarged during a major drainage scheme in the early 1930s.

Map reference: C878288, 3 miles SE of Coleraine.
Hectares: 1.6.
Mixed deciduous woodland.
Access only possible by boat.
All year.

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