Strangford Lough

Important notice -

All our houses, gardens, parks, toilets, cafes, shops and car parks are now closed to further restrict the spread of coronavirus. Please do not travel here.

A most beautiful landscape of international importance

Strangford Lough

Wildlife

Sandwich Tern eggs in a nest at Strangford Lough, County Down

Strangford Lough spring wildlife

Strangford Lough is a unique place to visit at any time of the year, and in spring there's a wide variety of wildlife to be found by the shore or in the wider countryside.

Habitats

Nugent's Wood in Portaferry on the shores of Strangford Lough

Woodland

Around the shores of the lough, the National Trust manages a number of interesting woodlands. Killynether, below Scrabo Tower, has a terrific display of woodland flowers every spring. Nugent’s Wood, at Portaferry, is one of the last refuges for the native red squirrel.

A konik pony at Cullintraw, County Down

Farmland

We ensure our farmland is managed in a way that encourages wildlife. At Gibbs Island, you will see a meadow of wild flowers, teaming with butterflies, bees and other insects. Ballyquintin is one of the best places to spot Irish Hares and flocks of farmland birds such as finches, linnets, tree sparrows and skylark.

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History

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Our work

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Get involved

A group of volunteers working outdoors

Volunteer at Strangford Lough 

The safety of our staff, volunteers, visitors and supporters is our top concern and in accordance with Government guidelines on social distancing, our houses, shops, cafes, gardens and parks are now closed, and from March 24 all of our car parks will close. However, many will be grateful for support when they reopen. If you are interested in volunteering, please keep checking for future opportunities.