The Bann Estuary is a designated Special Area of Conservation comprising of beach flats, mudflats, sand dunes and salt marshes.  It provides a habitat for wading birds, wildfowl, rare flowers and butterflies.  The mudflats provide a rich source of food for birds such as Teal, Wigeon, Curlew, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Lapwing, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwit and Golden Plover.  Other visitors include Greenshank, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper and Whimbrel.  On occasions rarer visitors pay a visit such as the Long Billed Dowitcher and Cattle Egret.  Grey Heron, Little Egret and Kingfisher hunt for small fish in the shallows.  Whooper Swans and Brent Geese show up in the winter but only for a short period before moving on.  A few Golden Eye spend the winter but are few in number compared to previous years.  Red Breasted Mergansers, Great Crested Grebe and Great Northern Divers are also present on the estuary during the winter months.   Thrushes including Redwing and Fieldfare can be seen on the farmland during winter months.  Around the estuary throughout the year there are Passerines such as Linnet, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Meadow Pipit, Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Whitethroat and Grasshopper Warbler.  If you are fortunate a Peregrine may drop in on the hunt and Merlin and Kestrel can also be occasionally spotted.

Best time to visit:
Any time of year; there is always something to see.

Location

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Latitude / Longitude: 55.162699358005, -6.7680769244603