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Slievekirk Wood Nature Reserve Species List

The Slievekirk Wood Nature Reserve at Ardmore near Derry underwent a multi taxa ecological baseline survey to expose the habitats of the Reserve and help Celtic Titles make improvements to encourage more native species to Slievekirk.

Slievekirk woods measures approximately 3.5 acres. The woodland forms part of a larger wooded area of former farmland that was planted with predominantly birch trees approximately 20 years ago. The following species were found during the survey across the woods: 


Ongoing Survey of the Woodland:

Taxa Common Name Scientific Name
Plant Ash Fraxinus excelsior
Bramble Rubus fructicosa
Broadleaved willow herb Epilobium montanum
Buckler fern Dryopteris dilatata
Bush vetch Vicia sepium
Cleaver Galium aparine
Coltsfoot Tussilago farfara
Cock’s foot Dactylis glomerata
Couch grass Elymus repens
Creeping buttercup Ranunculus repens
Dock (broad leaved) Rumex obtusifolius
Dock (wood) Rumex sanguineus
Elder Sambucus nigra
Fox glove Digitalis purpurea
Gorse Ulex europaeus
Hawthron Crataegus monogyna
Herb Robert Geranium robertanium
Hogweed Heracleum sphondylium
Holly Ilex aquafolium
Ivy hedera helix
Male fern Dryopteris filix
Flat neckera moss Neckera complanata
Nettle Urtica dioica
Oak (Irish/sessile) Quercus pretraea
Oak (pedunculate) Quercus robur
Common haircap moss Polytricium commune
Red fescue Fescuta ruba
Rough meadow grass Poa trivalis
Scots pine Pinus sylvestris
Silver birch Betula pendula
Soft rush Juncus effusus
Sorrel Rumex acetosa
Spear thistle Cirsium vulgare
Tamarisk thuidium moss thuidium tamariscinum
Wood vetch Vicia sylvatica
Yorkshire fog Holcus lanatus
Bird Blackbird Turdus merula
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
Buzzard Buteo buteo
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Coal tit Periparus ater
Dunnock Prunella modularis
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Great tit Parus major
Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Magpie Pica pica
Raven Corvus corax
Robin Erithacus rubecula
Rook Corvus frugilegus
Willow warbler Phylloscopus trochilus
Wood pigeon Columba palumbus
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Mammals Badger Meles meles
Fallow Deer Dama dama
Red Fox Vulpes vulpes
Rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus
Red Squirrel Sciuris vulgaris

Our species list was initiated during ecological surveys by Michael McLaughlin MSc, and colleagues at (Canavan Associates released in 2022. Observations made over years with plans suggested for future surveys.)