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County Londonderry

Gannet Morus bassanus ©Ian Dickey Website

County Londonderry (or Derry as many know it) encompasses the northwest shore of Lough Neagh and the River Bann, which drains to the north coast. Lough Foyle is an important estuary, and the Sperrin Mountains cover a lot of high ground in the centre.

Top Sites

Banagher Glen

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Best woodland site

Bann Estuary

Mainly waders, some wildfowl and rarities…

Lough Beg

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Waders and wildfowl. One of the best sites for rarities…

Magilligan Point, Lough Foyle

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Seabirds (divers and skuas)…

Myroe Levels, Lough Foyle

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Wildfowl & the lawn turf fields at Myroe Levels has proved one of the best places for rare waders…

Roe Estuary, Lough Foyle

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Waders and wildfowl…

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Contributor

County Recorder

Charles Stewart

Bravallen, 18 Duncrun Road, Bellarena, Limavady BT49 0JD

028 7775 0468

charles.stewart2@btinternet.com

Checklist

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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

BTO Rep - Charles Stewart

Bravellan, 18 Duncrun Road, Bellarena, Limavady, BT49 0JD

Trip Reports

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Places to Stay

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Killennan House

Accommodation

Why not treat yourself to a relaxing break, in a friendly atmosphere, surrounded by beautiful gardens and return home revitalised!

Greenhill House

Accommodation

A nice old Georgian house standing in its own grounds of trees, lawns and shrubs, with lovely views over farmland to distant hills. This is a 60-hectare arable and beef farm and the Hegartys have owned the property for about 15 years…

Drumcovitt House B&B and Barn Self Catering Cottages

Accommodation

The beech trees in the garden and on the farm like those on the neighbouring farm estate were planted to commemorate the Victory at Waterloo. These and other mature trees provide an excellent habitat for birds, bats and butterflies etc…

Reserves

RSPB Reserve - Lough Foyle

Website

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In early winter, you can see large numbers of waterfowl, including brent geese and whooper swans…

Other Links

Birdwatching in Londonderry

Website

List of sites. E.g. Lough Foyle is one of the two great magnets in the county. It is wide and shallow, bordered by mudflat, saltwater marsh, and polder - enhanced by shell and shingle ridge and mussel bed. Whooper swan, pale-bellied Brent goose, Wigeon and bar-tailed godwit winter in internationally significant numbers. Nationally important concentrations of Bewick's swan, Greenland white-fronted goose, curlew and redshank also over winter here. Average winter wildfowl count exceeds 25,000 and waders reach 15,000. Winter stubble feeds flocks of finches larks and buntings and so attracts raptors- buzzard, kestrel, merlin, peregrine, Sparrowhawk and, rarely, gyrfalcon. Gales from the north-west blow in storm petrel, arctic and great skua…