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The Mournes Fires Appeal

A view of Slieve Donard, a dark mountain with clouds at the peak, the highest mountain in Northern Ireland
A view of Slieve Donard in the Mourne Mountains | © National Trust Images/Joe Cornish

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Inspiration to generations

The Mourne Mountains are the highest and most dramatic mountain range in Northern Ireland. Beloved by hikers, the Mournes have long inspired writers and storytellers. A landmark of international importance, its 12 peaks have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

But over 200 hectares of special habitat was destroyed in April 2021 when wildfires ripped through Slieve Donard.

We need your help to restore this fragile landscape for ground-nesting birds like skylarks and the famous Irish hare as well as countless other species.

Wide shot of two volunteers walking up a hillside from left to right with blue sky behind

Donate to make a difference

Your support is essential to help us look after nature, beauty and history. Make a donation today, and together we can protect precious places for everyone, forever.

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Our work to recover from fires in the Mournes 

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