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AboutBurntollet Wood sits in the picturesque Faughan Valley, just south-east of the city of Londonderry. The 24-hectare (59-acre) wood, still in its infancy, sits adjacent to Ness Country Park – an Area of Special Scientific Interest containing fragments of rare ancient woodland. The Woodland Trust has planted over 43,000 native trees at Burntollet, mostly oak with scatterings of ash, alder and wild cherry. The young trees will buffer the nearby pockets of ancient woodland, slowly linking habitats together and providing an extended haunt for the Valley’s precious wildlife. In summertime, visitors will be treated to 11 hectares (27 acres) of gloriously coloured wild flowers. Vibrant displays of yellow rattle, birdsfoot trefoil, red campion, and ox-eye daisy await you. The flowers, interspersed with clover, barley and oats, provide a valuable habitat for numerous species of insects and birds.
Kissing-gates, wooden seats and several quaint stone bridges have been installed. Have a seat and admire the stunning views over the wider Faughan Valley with its native woodland and rolling farmland. On a clear day, feast your eyes upon County Tyrone’s Sperrin Mountains which rise up to greet you. Schoolchildren have made their mark by designing and creating special mosaic tiles. Each tile was handmade with tiny pieces of coloured pebbles, carefully pieced together to form the image of a woodland creature. Strategically placed, the tiles now form the basis of a much-loved nature trail. Leave Ervey Wood Car Park and follow the red waymarker arrows around Burntollet Wood, in a clockwise direction. You will pass by several viewpoints and information panels describing wildlife and wildflowers that can be found in the area. Pass through a kissing gate to bypass a private property, before re-entering the wood through another kissing gate. Continue to follow the path back to Ervey Wood Car Park.
Wide, gravel paths
Point of interest:
Viewpoints, wildlife, wildflowers
Facilities available at the nearby Ness Country Park Visitors Centre
- Free (parking charges may apply)