Boorin Nature Reserve

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Glenpark Road, Gortin, County Tyrone,
Mrs Emma Phillips
T: (028) 6634 803

The characteristic small, pointed hills of Boorin were formed at the end of the last Ice Age.

The small, pointed hills which are synonymous with Boorin Nature Reserve were formed when the melting ice sheets of the last Ice Age left behind huge amounts of sand and gravel. These hills are now covered in heather and are surrounded by peat bog. The small loughs found here are deep and are known as kettle-hole lakes.

During summertime the air is filled with the beautiful sounds of birdsong from skylarks. Visitors may be able to spot buzzards circling above them lazily overhead. Also, if they are very lucky, they may be able to catch a glimpse of a red grouse amongst the heather or a green hairstreak butterfly basking on bilberry in the sunshine.

The steep slope which is located at the northern end of the reserve is a rare surviving fragment of mature oak woodland and is famous for its great variety of lichens, ferns and mosses. In springtime, a carpet of bluebells and other woodland flowers paint the woodland floor in a riot of colour.

The best time of year to visit this stunning reserve would be all year round if you would like to explore its glacial features. For those interested in bird-watching as well the sights of the beautiful butterflies and flowers, they should visit in the months of April to September. In addition to this, the months of October to December would be best to see the exquisite autumn colours in the wood.

There is car parking available close to Gortin Lakes just off the B48, there are no walking trails