The RSPB’s Portmore Lough Reserve is a fantastic place to visit at any time of year. The range of wetland habitats provide a home for a wide variety of wildlife. In spring, lapwing can be seen displaying over the wet grassland, whilst skylarks sing from high overhead. Butterflies and dragonflies dart along the path to the hide, and ragged robin and loosestrifes in the meadows in summer. The raucous noise of the common tern colony can be heard from the lough, as the terns busy themselves raising their young on the nesting rafts.

Autumn brings lots of wildfowl, coot, pochard and tufted ducks gather in large rafts on the lough. Raptors, including marsh and hen harrier can often be seen hunting over the reedbed at this time of year. Whooper swans and greylag geese arrive from Iceland in October to overwinter at the reserve until April. In late winter, huge swirling flocks of lapwing and golden plover fly over the flooded meadows, a wonderful spectacle on a cold winter’s day.

Accessibility details for the Portmore Lough Nature Reserve


Postcode: BT28 2JX

Latitude / Longitude: 54.5666667, -6.25