Murlough National Nature Reserve

Murlough National Nature Reserve

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Nature Reserve

Murlough National Nature Reserve
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Murlough National Nature Reserve is a fragile 6000 year old sand dune system owned by the National Trust and managed as Ireland’s first Nature Reserve since 1967.

By National Trust/Murlough


It is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.


There is a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes, woodland and heath from where you will see an array of butterflies and wild flowers, as well as access to one of the finest beaches in Co. Down.


The dune fields at Murlough are the best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland with over 720 species of butterflies and moths, one of which, the Marsh Fritillary butterfly, is of European importance. The site is internationally important for wintering wildfowl and waders.

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Donard Forest
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Donard Forest lies at the foot of the Mourne Mountains with some spectacular views of County Down, including Newcastle, ...

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Newcastle
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Castlewellan Forest Park
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Castlewellan
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Tollymore Forest Park
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Dundrum
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Dundrum (from Irish: Dún Droma, meaning "fort of the ridge")[1][2] is a village and townland in County Down, Northern Ir...

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1.8 mi

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