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County Tyrone

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Birding County Tyrone

County Tyrone is one of the six historic counties of Northern Ireland. It is also one of the 32 traditional counties of Ireland and lies within the historic province of Ulster. It is no longer used as an administrative division for local government but retains a strong identity in popular culture.

Adjoined to the south-west shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 1,218 square miles and has a population of about 177,986. its county town is Omagh. It is one of the largest counties in area stretching from the west shore of Lough Neagh to the River Foyle on the border with Donegal. The flat peatlands of East Tyrone border the shoreline of the largest lake in the British Isles, Lough Neagh, rising gradually across to the more mountainous terrain in the west of the county, the area surrounding the Sperrin Mountains, the highest point being Sawel Mountain at 2,224 feet. The length of the county, from the mouth of the River Blackwater at Lough Neagh to the western point near Carrickaduff hill is 55 miles. The breadth, from the southern corner, southeast of Fivemiletown, to the northeastern corner near Meenard Mountain is 37.5 miles; giving an area of 1,260 square miles. Annaghone lays claim to be the geographical centre of Northern Ireland.

Tyrone is connected by land to the county of Fermanagh to the southwest; Monaghan to the south; Armagh to the southeast; Londonderry to the north; and Donegal to the west. Across Lough Neagh to the east, it borders County Antrim. It is the eighth largest of Ireland's thirty-two counties by area and tenth largest by population. It is the second largest of Ulster's nine traditional counties by area and fourth largest by population

Like Armagh most of the birding interest lies along the shore of Lough Neagh.

Top Sites

Annaghroe

Satellite View

Map Ref: H730440 Wintering Greenland White-fronted Geese

Kells Point

Map Ref: H930700 Wildfowl and waders

Kiltagh Point

Map Ref: H950730 Wildfowl and waders

Kinturk Flat

Map Ref: H960790 Wildfowl and waders

Lough Fea

Satellite View

Map Ref: H750860 Upland birds

Contributor

George Gordon

County Recorder

George Gordon

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

028 9145 5763

nimbus10111947@gmail.com

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 - Mary Mooney

20 Leckpatrick Road, Ballymagorry, Strabane. BT82 0AL memooney@tinyworld.co.uk

Reserves

UWT Strabane Glen Nature Reserve

Satellite View

This narrow valley was formed during the last deglaciation. It supports calcareous mixed woodland, with a river and steep gorge slopes. It provides a habitat for the red squirrel.

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

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.

Other Links

Birdwatching in County Tyrone

Website

List of Important Bird Areas