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Ballymaclary Nature Reserve

Last updated: 30 August 2013

Grid Reference C700365

This reserve contains some dune slack communities, which are few in number in Northern Ireland.
There is one particular moss, Rhytidium rugosomOpens in New window, which flourishes in these dunes that has not been found anywhere else in Ireland.

Low lying dune slacks periodically flooded in winter have a rich and varied range of summer flowering plants, including large numbers of the otherwise rare marsh helleborineOpens in New window.
Management activities include grazing and scrub cutting.

Around Ballymaclary the shoreline is currently eroding but this is part of the overall cycling of sediments in the Magilligan / Tunns Bank system.

picture of Marsh Helleborine plant

picture of close up of Marsh Helleborine flower

Ballymaclary Nature Reserve is entirely within a danger zone on MoD property and therefore is not normally accessible by the general public.

Facilities: None.

Access: can only be arranged through the Site manager on Tel. 028 703 59977.