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Nature Reserves

Last updated: 28 April 2009

picture of Kebble Nature Reserve on RathlinNature 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.

The primary aim of managing these sites is to conserve their features now and for future generations through the development of experience and techniques in managing land for conservation.

picture of Banagher Glen Nature ReserveA secondary aim is to provide opportunities, where practical, for the public to experience these natural habitats and landscape features and to interact quietly with nature.

Throughout the year we hold a number of guided walks and talks at our nature reserves. You can find out further information on upcoming events in our events section of the website.

View a map of nature reserves in Northern Ireland.