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County Armagh

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Birding County Armagh

County Armagh is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland. Adjoined to the southern shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 1,326 km² and has a population of about 174,792. It is known as the 'Orchard County' because of its many apple orchards. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland, as well as part of the historic province of Ulster. It borders Down to the east, Tyrone to the west, Monaghan to the southwest and Louth to the southeast. much of the northern boundary abuts Loch Neagh.

Its highest point is at Slieve Gullion, in the south of the County. From there the land falls away from its rugged south with Carrigatuke, Lislea and Camlough mountains, to rolling drumlin country in the middle and west of the county and finally they give way to flatlands in the north where rolling flats and small hills reach sea level at Lough Neagh. There are also a number of uninhabited islands in the county's section of Lough Neagh: Coney Island Flat, Croaghan Flat, Padian, Phil Roe's Flat and the Shallow Flat.

Armagh stretches from the south shore of Lough Neagh down to the shores of Carlingford Lough, with high ground at Slieve Gullion. For birders most of the attraction is centred in the north of the county around Lough Neagh.

Top Sites

Craigavon Lakes

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Although artificial attracts wildfowl, and in winter good finch flocks in the area.

Lurgan Park Lake

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Oxford Island Nature Reserve

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The most accessible part of Lough Neagh with hides and Information Centre. Wildfowl and extensive woodland and wet meadows.


George Gordon

County Recorder

George Gordon

2 Brooklyn Avenue, Bangor, Co. Down BT20 5RB

028 9145 5763


Useful Reading

Fieldguides & Other Birding Books
For a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK or Republic of Ireland page

Where to Watch Birds in Ireland

by Paul Milne & Clive Hutchinson | Christopher Helm | 2009 | Paperback | 336 pages |

ISBN: 9781408105214

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Useful Information

BTO Local Rep

DWA Knight, 20 Mandeville Drive, Tandragee, Craigavon, Co Amargh BT62 2DQ 028 3884 0658


Abbreviations Key

LNR Brackagh Moss Nature Reserve


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Originally a raised bog, over 300 years of turf cutting, have left Brackagh Moss a maze of pools, drainage channels and peat ramparts. Most of the reddish acid bog peat was removed, exposing older, black, base-rich fen peat underneath. This variety in soils has resulted in an extremely varied flora. The flocks of duck that often accompany the floods are ever watchful for wandering birds of prey…

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre


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The Centre enjoys a unique and beautiful setting on the edge of the Lough where visitors can learn all about the history, the culture and wildlife in and around Lough Neagh. Four miles of footpaths, five birdwatching hides, woodland, ponds, wildflower meadows, picnic and play areas.

NNR Oxford Island National Reserve


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Oxford Island is located on the South-Eastern shores of Lough Neagh, County Armagh. Owned and managed by Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Council much of the area is designated as a National Nature Reserve due to the diversity and local importance of habitats such as reed beds, open water, wildlife ponds, forests and wildflower meadows.

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

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Dundrum House


3 spacious ensuit rooms. Early 18th century farmhouse set in 80 acres of privately owned land with Callen River running through it. Located 6 miles from Armagh City and 18 miles from Newry. An ideal location for golf, angling, walking, cycling, equestrian or just relaxing…

Fairylands Country House


This family run purpose built B&B is situated in a quiet countryside 1 mile outside Armagh City, just off the main Armagh-Enniskillen Road. It is also within walking distance of the Navan Heritage Centre, the Palace Stables and the Cathedral City. It is Northern Ireland Tourist Board (N.I.T.B.) Approved…


Armagh County Museum

Facebook Page

One of our most popular displays areas on the first floor lets you to take a close look at familiar birds and beasts. It is divided into several convenient sections…

Other Links

Birdwatching in County Armagh


List of sites e.g. Lough Neagh's south shore is the focus: vast numbers of winter diving ducks, including rare ferruginous and ring-necked ducks, red-crested pochard, smew. Great-crested grebe breed in high density near Oxford Island. Inland: blackcap and grasshopper warblers nest in old estates.

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - Jim Crozier Photography


I'm an amateur wildlife photographer based in County Armagh Northern Ireland. I stress the word wildlife as my main passion is capturing animals in their natural environment as opposed to photographing captive animals. For me the research, planning and hours spent in uncomfortable situations are all part of thrilling process of capturing that one great shot. Far more enjoyable than taking a snap of some poor creature kept in an enclosure behind a chain link fence.…