Murlough National Nature Reserve, Newcastle

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Murlough Nature Reserve lies on the coast of County Down in Northern Ireland, situated close to Newcastle. It offers spectacular views of Slieve Donard, the highest peak in the Mourne Mountains and Dundrum Bay. Its 6,000-year-old sand dune system has been managed by the National Trust since 1967, when it became Ireland's first nature reserve. Grid ref: J414351.FeaturesAt 697 acres, it is the best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland, with a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes. Breeding birds include meadow pipit, skylark, cuckoo, stonechat, linnet and reed bunting. Shorehauling grey seal and common seals are also common in the area. Between 50 and 130 common and grey seals regularly use the area for moulting, resting and feeding. Rare plants local to the site are pyramidal orchid and carline thistle.It also has access to one of the finest beaches in County Down.Murlough makes up one fifth of all dune heathland in the British Isles, but remains under threat from the encroachment of scrub vegetation such as bracken and gorse and non-native species such as Sea Buckthorn. In 1999 the National Trust established the South Down Heathland project, a five-year programme to protect the habitat. It has been designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation.
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  • Visited Murlough for a walk along the beach during the week! You get amazing views of Donard and the rest of the Mourne mountains! The beach itself is quite stony so could be difficult to walk on for ...  more »
  • Took the dog for a walk while I enjoyed the sea breeze and views of the mourne mountains. Timing is key as the tide can be in and you are walking on large pebbles opposed to the sand. You can pay to p...  more »
  • Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea this nature reserve is packed with seals . Nice to see the odd horse  more »