Straidkilly Nature Reserve
This small nature reserve is perched above Glenarm village on a limestone escarpment, dominated by hazed woodland with pockets of interesting grassland.
Before the tree canopy closes overhead in early summer, the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells and the delicate white flowers of wood anemones, while the pungent smell of wild garlic fills the air. Sunny glades within the woodland provide sheltered areas for insects and butterflies including Small Coppers, Common Blues, Speckled Woods and Tortoiseshells. A small population of red squirrels can be found in the woodland and other mammals on the reserve include rabbits, wood mice, shrews and stoats.
From the highest point on the reserve, there are superb views of the stunning Antrim coast and the Mull of Kintyre can be enjoyed from the picnic area.
Access: It can easily be explored via a circular way-marked trail, 1km in length, that leads through the hazel and largest meadow. The nature reserve is open to the general public.
Getting There: There are two access points along the Straidkilly Road, which is off the A2 coast Road or B97 Glenarm-Ballymena Road. Park on the grassy verge opposite the old quarry.
For further information contact the Ulster Wildlife Trust Tel: 028 4483 0282
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