Washing Bay LNR

Washing Bay LNR is a 4 hectare site situated on the shoreline in the south west corner of Lough Neagh. It lies within an important wetland containing nationally important number of breeding birds and internationally important numbers of wildfowl in winter. It has a number of designations including: Special Protection Area (SPA); Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI); and it is listed as a RAMSAR site.

It is a valuable site containing a number of diverse semi natural habitats, including wet woodland, eutrophic standing water, fen/swamp and reedbed a river and a stream.  A wide variety of wildlife can be found with species such as otter, tree sparrow, bullfinch, curlew and lapwing, all of which are known to be in decline throughout Northern Ireland.