The Celtic Titles Nature Reserve
Slievekirk Wood, Ardmore, near Derry
About the reserve
Slievekirk Wood takes its name from the nearby Slievekirk Mountain, which rises above the Faughan Valley to a height of over 1000 feet. Faughan Valley is one of the most wooded landscapes in Northern Ireland, benefitting from two ancient woodland sites and a number of more recent conservation projects.
Slievekirk Wood was planted predominantly with birch trees around 15 years ago. Plenty of sunlight breaches the canopy, and shines on the silver bark. The woodland is a haven for birdlife, and red deer can be seen from time to time. The beautiful jay bird is a frequent visitor.
As you enter the woodland, a small wooden footbridge aids access over the drainage ditch and an informal, winding path leads through the birch, oak and Scots pine trees. At the far side of the wood, a rustic bench has been installed and there are some lovely views over Derry/Londonderry, Lough Foyle and the Donegal Hills.
Visiting the reserve
The Celtic Titles Nature Reserve is located within Slievekirk Wood, Ardmore, near Derry.
Whether you are travelling South from Derry/Londonderry or North from Belfast, you will need to take the main A6 road, and exit just to the South of Ness Bridge at the Ardmore Road, signposted for Ardmore.
Cross over the River Faughan at the Ardmore Bridge, then take the first left onto Ardground Road followed by an immediate right onto Kildoag Road.
Turn left at the T junction at the top of the hill and follow the road round a right hand bend; when the road straightens out you will see that there is a fork in the road. Take the right hand turn onto Gosheden Road.
The entrance to Slievekirk Wood will be found on your right after approx 0.2 miles.
Finding Your Plot Online
Most visitors who own a plot of land plan to find it and we are here to help. Firstly, please make sure that your plot(s) are registered to your account. Not sure? Check before you visit to save time. If you have not yet created your account, now would be a good time to create one and add your plot(s) to it. Once your plot is linked to your account, you can view your Ordnance Survey co-ordinates and view a Google Map showing your plot location(s).
Where is the reserve?
Slievekirk Wood is already home to a number of species, including red squirrels, red deer, bats, bees and butterflies.
The woodland is predominantly birch, with some oak and Scots pine also present.
Our nature reserve projects in Scotland have shown the importance of having some water (we created a 3-acre lochan at the Highland Titles Nature Reserve) nearby, and it is our intention to install a pond somewhere in the grounds of Slievekirk Wood as soon as we have the funds to do so. This is a vital step in attracting more bird life to the area.