Straidkilly 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: D 302163


Perched high above Straidkilly Point is one of the largest, semi-natural woods in County Antrim. Hazel thickets on the lower slopes give way to mixed woodland of ash, birch, hawthorn and rowan. Before the tree canopy closes overhead in early summer, the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells and the delicate white flowers of wood anemones, while the pungent smell of wild garlic fills the air.

Sunny glades within the woodland provide sheltered areas for insects and butterflies. In particular, look out for small coppers, common blues, speckled woods and tortoiseshells. From the highest point on the reserve, there are superb views over Carnlough, Glenarm and Garron Plateau.


There is a car park in the lay-by on Straidkilly Road. The steep, slippery slopes and the absence of paths makes access difficult.

Before attempting access contact the Ulster Wildlife Reserves Team on Tel 028 4483 0282.

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