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County Fermanagh

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The Lakelands of Northern Ireland have Upper and Lower Lough Erne the largest bodies of water but there are a myriad of smaller lakes. The Pettigoe plateau leads you to the birding delights of Donegal across the border.

Top Sites

Boa Island

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Castle Archdale

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Bays, islands and woodlands

Castle Caldwell

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Used to have breeding Common Scoter. Extensive woodland

Castlecaldwell /Lower Lough Erne

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Breeding waders, gulls and terns(Sandwich and common); wintering wildfowl including regular scaup, wigeon. Castlecaldwell occasionally has crossbill plus occasional singing wood warbler. Spring wader passage light but includes black-tailed godwit, whimbrel, occasional ruff, greenshank. Recent scarce visitors have included black tern (has bred '70s); Mediterranean gull, marsh harrier, little gull, ruff, great northern diver. Rares have included American wigeon, red-necked grebe and UK/Ireland's first Wilson's petrel in 1891.

Crom National Trust Estate

Possibly the most reliable and easiest access to garden warblers in spring, wintering wildfowl whooper swans and has included smew and the Baikal teal in Jan '67 (wild?); annual osprey records

Drumgay Lough

Waterfowl occasionally including scarce species e.g.long-tailed duck, smew, scaup; always a possibility of something rarer

Enniskillen tip

Good for winter gulls including glaucous, Iceland and other possibilities

Lower Lough Macnean

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An area near Gortatole with wintering Greenland White-fronted geese, whooper swans, wigeon, curlew, hen harrier, overhead peregrine, raven occasional merlin

Pettigoe Plateau

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Upland birds

Upper Lough Erne

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Upper Lough Erne is difficult to watch as there is poor access but wintering wildfowl including internationally important numbers of whooper swans, occasional gargany in spring, wood sandpiper in spring and green-winged teal have been recorded. Olderrecord of hobby.


Brad Robson - Additional Material

RSPB Warden

Useful Reading

Where to Watch Birds in Ireland

by Paul Milne & Clive Hutchinson - Paperback - 336 pages (2nd Edition 2010) Christopher Helm £18.99

ISBN: 9781408105214

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Useful Information

South Tyrone & Fermanagh BTO Rep

PS Grosse, 30 Tullybroom Road, Clogher, BT76 0UW 028 8554 8606

Trip Reports


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Places to Stay

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Coolbeg Farm


The farmhouse enjoys a private lakeside location on its own 40 acres of farm land and private loch shore. Coolbeg Farm is a site of special scientific interest with a protected population of otters and swans. From the cottage and garden there are uninterrupted views of upper Lough Erne and its many islands and sunset views of Cuilcagh and Benaughlin mountains...

View Point Guest House


Just off the Enniskillen - Tempo Road (B80) in the heart of County Fermanagh, View Point guest house is a Northern Ireland Tourist Board Approved Country House Accommodation, situated to allow easy access to a range of tourist amenities and within minutes of the historic town of Enniskillen.


RSPB Reserve - Lower Lough Erne


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Lough Erne is one of the largest freshwater lakes in the UK. Take a leisurely stroll around the forest trails and look across to some of the 40 islands that make up most of the reserve, two of which you can visit by boat…

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Birdwatching in County Fermanagh


List of sites: The silences of Lough Erne are spring-broken by courting waders and wildfowl. The characteristic habitats of Lower Lough Erne are traditional hay meadows and unimproved islands. On the upper lake flooded drumlins, reed-swamp and fen are the pattern.