Belvoir Forest Park

Belvoir Forest Park, the largest forest on the outskirts of the city, was opened in 1961.  It contains a Norman motte and a fourteenth-century, ruined graveyard.  Today the site is a working forest and contains the oldest known oaks in Ireland dated, from 1642.

What is there to see?

Birds, including crossbill, siskin, jay, sparrowhawk, redpoll and goldcrest.  There are winter roosts of tens of thousands of crow, rook and jackdaw.  Trees, including forest specimens, an arboretum, and over 130 veteran oak trees.  Wildflowers, including bluebell, wood sorrel, primrose, wood vetch, and wood-rush.

When is the best time to visit?

Spring for the woodland flowers and birdsong; autumn for tree colour and fungi.

Who looks after it?

Forest Service of Northern Ireland

Where can you get more information?

From the Forest Service visit www.dardni.gov.uk/forestservice

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