Sneak a peek from our bird hide

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In 2011 a new bird hide was erected on the shores of Derrymacrow Lough. This new facility provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy some of the rich and varied wildlife in a corner of Crom which is not usually visited.

The new hide is on a raised platform, giving good views over the loughside vegetation and is accessible to all, with an access ramp and viewing slot for wheelchair users. Binoculars are available, providing close-up views of the various species on the lough, whilst the hide is also equipped with identification guides and notebooks for visitors to record what they see during their visits.

The range of wildlife on the lough changes throughout the year. Visitors to Crom early in the season (March) or towards the end of the season (October) may see winter migrants to Ireland – including large flocks of tufted duck, mallard and teal. At the height of the summer, there will be different birds using the lough for breeding, including great crested grebe, mute swan, coot and even the rare and elusive water rail. Herons, dragonflies and the possibility of an otter sighting add further to the wildlife experiences on offer.

The possibilities are endless so don't forget to have a look when you visit Crom.