An A-Z of NI: E for Castle Espie

An A-Z of NI: E for Castle Espie

WWTCastle Espie is a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust on the banks of Strangford Lough, three miles south of Comber, County Down, Northern Ireland.

It has a magical mix of wide estuary views, tidal lagoon, eel-grass mats, woodland walks, salt marshes and reed beds; the presence of Ireland’s largest collection of native and exotic water-birds; and the abundance of habitats for other wildlife.

The centre’s buildings are a visitor attraction in their own right because of their history and the numerous eco-friendly features they incorporate, including reclaimed and recycled materials, a wildlife garden and energy systems fuelled by the sun and wind.

A highlight is the winter arrival of many thousands of migrant birds, among them a large proportion of the world’s entire population of light-bellied brent geese.

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