Straidkilly Nature Reserve

This Ulster Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve is situated by the Straidkilly Road, an inland route between Glenarm and Carnlough on the hill slope above the Coast Road. Informal paths provide a circular walk around the site, though the ground is uneven and care is required.

Woodland dominated by hazel and ash is found at a number of places near the east Antrim coast, generally on steep slopes that are unsuitable for agriculture. One of the best examples is Straidkilly Nature Reserve, where in addition to hazel and ash, there is also rowan, willow, hawthorn and birch. The best time to visit this wood is in spring, when the ground is carpeted with bluebell and wood anemone with primrose, wild garlic and violet. Stems of honeysuckle also trail along the ground and clamber up trees.