Discover our local wildlife

Northern Ireland's diverse landscape is rich in wildlife with all manner of creatures great and small calling it home....

Dark Green Fritillary butterfly, Portstewart Strand

Butterfly spotting in the dunes at Portstewart Strand

From the Common Blue to the rarer Peacock, discover what butterflies live in the dunes at Portstewart Strand...

A common pipistrelle bat, one of the eight species found in Northern Ireland

Bat spotting in Northern Ireland  

Everything you need to know about bats in Northern Ireland, including where to spot them and how to identify them

A red squirrel sitting on the branch of a tree

Red squirrels

Mount Stewart is home to a healthy population of red squirrels. They are rarely seen in Northern Ireland nowadays, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

A visitor taking photographs in the mist of Lough Erne at Crom, Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

Owl haunts in Northern Ireland 

Come owl-spotting at our places. You might see one in the trees or hunting over pastures.

One of the many butterflies to be found at Crom

Wildlife at Crom

Crom is a haven for wildlife with a host of rare species recorded on site. Find out about some of the creatures calling Crom home.

Spot a Kingfisher at The Argory

A flash of kingfisher blue

Pack the binoculars and a camera and take a stroll down to the Blackwater River at The Argory. The kingfisher always excites those lucky enough to see it. Afterwards, kids can tick off number 44 from our list of 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.

Brent geese at Strangford Lough

Brent geese arrive at Strangford Lough 

The annual arrival of around 75% of the world’s population of Brent Geese onto the shores of Strangford Lough is a sight to behold.

Picture shows red swirling pattern on the surface of a leaf

Micro moths at Giant's Causeway

The rare Sorrel Pigmy moth caterpillar has been discovered at the causeway, the first time this species has been spotted in Northern Ireland.

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Looking after nature in Northern Ireland

With your support we are looking after land in ways that give nature space to regenerate, allowing wildlife to return. Here’s a little of what we are doing…