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Size:

22.67 ha (56.02 acres)

Grid reference:

C505108

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Experience a riot of colour with one of Northern Ireland’s largest wildflower meadows. Look out for iconic wildlife, including red squirrels, and take in stunning views of the Faughan Valley. On a clear day, you can see as far as the majestic Sperrin Mountains.

Features

  • Parking nearby
  • Public access
  • Autumn colour
  • Spring flowers
  • Waymarked walk
  • Broadleaved woodland

How to get to Burntollet Wood

Burntollet Wood is a 24 hectare (59 acre) wood next to Ness County Country Park in the Faughan Valley. 

It is around 11km (7 miles) south-east of Derry/Londonderry and almost 5km (3 miles) north-west of the village of Claudy.

From Derry/Londonderry, head south along the A6 for about 8km (5 miles), then turn left into Birch Road and follow the signs to Ervey Wood/Ness Country Park car park.

From Belfast, pass through Dungiven and drive for 19km (12 miles). On the right-hand side of Glenshane Road you will see Ness Nurseries. Just after that, take a right into Birch Road and then follow signs to Ervey Wood/Ness Country Park car park.

The closest train station is Derry/Londonderry.

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There is a regular bus service along the A6 between Derry/Londonderry and Dungiven. The closest bus stop to the wood is on Glenshane Road.

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Facilities and access

There are several entrances to Burntollet Wood via kissing gates including four along Ervey Road. The main entrance is from the Ervey car park.

Some parts of Burntollet are steep, but there are areas with gentler slopes too.

Parking is available at the main entrance to the wood - follow road signs to Ervey Wood car park. Please check opening times ahead of your journey.

The closest toilets are at Ness County Country Park, managed by the Forest Service. There is a small visitor centre with a toilet block and wheelchair accessible path. Please check opening hours ahead of your visit.

Wildlife and habitats

Animals

As Burntollet Wood matures, local wildlife is beginning to make its home here. Red squirrel, pygmy shrew, fox and otter are just some of the mammals found in the Faughan Valley. 

Look out for some of the rare butterflies and birds of prey who will be spreading from nearby woodlands.

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Trees, plants and fungi

With one of the largest wildflower meadows in Northern Ireland and 43,000 native trees planted, Burntollet Wood has a huge variety of plant life.

The trees planted here are of local origin, with seeds sourced from Gransha Wood, a mature woodland in Derry/Londonderry.

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Habitats

The mix of habitats in and around Burntollet are what make this site such an exciting place to visit, teeming with wildlife.

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About Burntollet Wood

The site where Burntollet Wood now stands was originally farmland which had been heavily graved over the years.

We purchased Burntollet Wood in 2008 and it is one of the largest pieces of land we have acquired in Northern Ireland.

The acquisition was made possible by funding from the Northern Ireland Environmental Agency and Forest Service. We also received support from members of the public, including a significant sum from an anonymous Canadian donor.

Folklore

In July 1947, two anglers fishing on the River Faughan saw what they believed to be a UFO. They described it as being 'like a motor wheel flashing across the sky'.

Dedication bench at Watkins Wood

Dedicate at this wood

This wood is one of more than 50 across the UK where it's possible to dedicate trees, benches or larger areas of woodland. Mark a special occasion or celebrate the life of a loved one with a meaningful gesture that lasts. 

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Things to do at Burntollet Wood

Walking

Burntollet is a great place to take in the sights and sounds of a maturing woodland.

The site has over a mile of pathways, including a waymarked circular route with information boards. There is a series of stone bridges along the route, and plenty of benches to have a rest on.

Look out for the mosaics depicting woodland creatures created by local schoolchildren with the help of local artist Grainne Kielty.

Why not extend your walk to the rest of the Faughan Valley by visiting nearby Ness County Country Park or Trust owned Killalloo and Oaks Woods?

Burntollet Wood - Management plan

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Burntollet Wood Management Plan

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