Northern Irelands coastline extends over 400 miles and accommodates dramatic headlands, fascinating geological formations and a thriving marine environment.
There is a large variety of bird species which regularly breed along the coast and of special interest is the Atlantic Puffin who nests on Rathlin Island. The sea is teeming with small marine life as well as two species of seal, porpoises, dolphins and whales.
Lough Neagh has the largest concentration of Great Crested Glebe in Ireland as well as many other species, and is a favourite location for bird watchers. Due to the richness of the water fowl it is a special protection area for birds including the Tufted Duck. The marine life most associated with Lough Neagh are the Silver Eel and the Pollan, and otters are also spotted regularly.
The River Bann is the longest river in Northern Ireland and is home to an extensive array of species. In the water reside Atlantic salmon, brown trout, eels and sea lamprey as well as waterfowl and rare plants especially in Lough Beg, a national nature reserve. Looking skywards there are many species of birds, bats and twelve species of dragonfly of various sizes. The iconic Whooper Swans can often be seen and heard on and above the water. It is truly restorative to drift along the Bann immersed in the sights and sounds of the local wildlife.