Species-rich Grasslands around Belfast and Co. Down

Lagan Meadows

Darragh Oileán Darach "Oak Island"

This island is owned by the National Trust and is accessible to the public. It boasts one of the richest grasslands in this part of Down. Before 2016 there were 66 botanical records, and more recently I have recorded 35 plant species here. The rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly was recorded here in 1985, and its foodplant Succisa pratensis is abundant in a small area of the northern drumlin.

Saint Patrick's Way