5 things to look out for in late winter at Murlough

Snow capped Mournes from Murlough National Nature Reserve

Winter is slowly on its way out and soon we will welcome spring. There's plenty to see at Murlough during the winter months as days lengthen and signs of new life begin to appear.

  1. See our winter guests, the influx of overwintering wildfowl including the brent geese all the way from arctic Canada. Over 75% of the worlds population reportedly spend their winter with us in Northern Ireland
  2. It’s the last month of scrub clearance around the Nature Reserve before nesting season begins and birds from all over the world join us at Murlough
  3. The wild Exmoor ponies that range over the dune system all year round look bigger and hardier than ever. Their winter coats are at their thickest at this time of year, so they'll look at their cuddly best for a photo!
  4. If you're looking for an alternative Valentines idea, take a romantic stroll around the reserve. Murlough has a secret beach that not many of our visitors know about around the North Point Trail. Can you find it? It's the perfect secluded location for a picnic
  5. February half-term is an excellent time to tick off some more of your 50 things for 2018!