If you are looking for a tranquil and scenic place to enjoy nature in Galway, you might want to visit Rosturra Wood Nature Reserve. Along with the nearby Derrycrag Wood Nature Reserve, this reserve is one of the few remaining fragments of the ancient woodland that once covered much of Ireland. It is home to a variety of native trees, plants and animals that make it a biodiversity hotspot.

Rosturra Wood Nature Reserve is located near the town of Portumna, on the eastern shore of Lough Derg. It covers an area of 17.68 hectares and was established as a nature reserve in 1983. The reserve is dominated by oak and ash trees, with an understorey of holly and hazel. The ground flora is rich and diverse, featuring species such as bluebells, wood anemones, wood sorrel, primroses, violets, wild garlic and ferns. The reserve also hosts a number of rare plants, such as toothwort, herb paris and bird’s-nest orchid.

The woodland provides a habitat for many birds, mammals and insects. You can spot woodpeckers, treecreepers, jays, robins, wrens and more among the branches. You might also catch a glimpse of red squirrels, badgers, foxes, hedgehogs and bats in the undergrowth. The reserve is also home to several butterflies, moths, beetles and spiders.

Rosturra Wood Nature Reserve is a great place to explore and appreciate the beauty and diversity of nature. You can follow the marked trails that wind through the woodland and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. Rosturra Wood Nature Reserve is open to the public all year round and admission is free. The reserve is suitable for all ages and abilities, but please note that some parts of the trails may be muddy or uneven.

If you are looking for a relaxing and rewarding day out in Galway, you should definitely visit Rosturra Wood Nature Reserve.


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Rosturra Wood Nature Reserve



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