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Bohill Nature Reserve

Last updated: 24 March 2010

Grid Reference: J 396459

picture of a holly blue butterfly on a bluebellA tiny area of deciduous woodland, comprising holly, oak, birch, rowan and hazel which have naturally regenerated since the site was clear felled in the past.

This small reserve was established to protect the Holly Blue butterfly, once considered rare in County Down but now more widespread.

A colony still exists here and management is directed towards providing the sunny clearings that the butterfly favours.

Within such clearings, the ground is largely covered by bilberry, bracken and heather Speckled Wood butterflies occupy the dappled shade around the edges.

Rocky outcrops on the steep slope support mosses, liverworts and ferns which thrive in the moist conditions and deep shade created under the closed canopy of the woodland trees.

Red deer often pass through the reserve, their footprints, droppings and other signs revealing their presence.

picture of goldcrest perched on branch

Many species of woodland bird can be heard on the reserve. Jays, goldcrests and tits are joined by migrant summer visitors such as the chiffchaff and blackcap.


None and there is currently no structured recreation in this forest. Parking on verge at side of road. Access is via the Forest Service track from the road.

How to get there:

From Ballynahinch: Take the A24 towards Newcastle for approximately 4 miles to Tievenadarragh Wood. Turn right onto Tannaghmore Road for 0.25 miles.

The Site manager can be contacted at The Quoile Countryside Centre Tel. 028 4461 5520.