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Belfast Lough is an oasis in the heart of the city, just 10 minutes from the city centre.

So it's a surprise to find that this is the richest bird reserve in the whole of Ireland in the middle of one of the country's most heavily industrialised areas.

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City parks are easy and fun places to watch wildlife during the winter months. Visit other city park locations and find out more about what they can offer.

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Belfast Lough - Visitor Guide

Address:Belfast Lough Nature Reserve, Harbour Estate,
Telephone:02891 479009
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Key attractions:RSPB winter wildlife walks and year-round events. Visitor centre, hides and regular winter events. Boat trips, walking, sailing.

Also check out the wildlife reserve at nearby Portmore Loch.

Staff are always on hand to answer questions and help visitors use the binoculars and telescopes provided.

Essential kit:Binoculars and telescopes for bird watching.
Nature watching:Winter - wintering wildfowl.

Access:Good access for wheelchair users to the observation room and one outdoor viewpoint. One hide is inaccessible to wheelchair users. Disabled toilet.
Getting there:The Belfast Lough nature reserve is located within Belfast Harbour Estate. The two entrances are signposted along the A2.
Opening times:The two outdoor hides at Belfast Lough nature reserve are always open. The heated observation room is open Tuesday to Sunday 9am-5pm. Rangers are on hand daily except Christmas Day.
Charges:No entrance charge.
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