The Inishowen Peninsula
in Donegal, is a fantastic source of natural rugged landscape and home to a large array of wildlife. Located in the North East of County Donegal and includes Ireland's most northerly point, Malin Head. There is a good variety of habitats in this relatively small area which means many different species of Animals Birds and Plants
can be found.
The habitats range from the rich farmland in the south of the peninsula to mountain and bog land in the centre and north . Inishowen is bounded on the west by Lough Swilly
with Lough Foyle
to the east and the Atlantic Ocean
to the north, and this long coastline ranges from mudflats at the inner reaches of the loughs, through sandy beaches
in the middle reaches to rugged rock
on the Atlantic coast
. Inch Lake & Inch Wildfowl Reserve, Burt
is a man made freshwater lake formed when dykes and embankments were constructed to drain the flat marshland between Inch Island and Bridgend. Only five minutes from the Hotel.
Blanket Nook is another area of freshwater formed in the same way to the southwest of Inch near the village of Newtowncunningham.
These two lakes and the surrounding land support a large population of water birds. The most visible of these are swans. Mute, Whooper and Bewick's
can be seen. The Mute Swan
is the common swan that can be found in city parks but the other two species are winter visitors from Iceland (Whooper) and Siberia (Bewick's) but for some years past a few Whoopers have been staying throughout the summer.
Six species of wild geese are present in winter and they are White Front, Greylag ,Barnacle, Brent, Pink Footed
, which breed in the arctic, mainly Greenland and Iceland and Canada Geese which are not visitors from Canada but naturalised birds originally escapees from parkland. Great Crested Grebes
are usually easily seen from the lakeside road into Inch, as for Little Grebe, Tufted Duck
On the top of the bank on the other side of the road many different waders can be seen feeding on the mudflats at low tide. Among them are Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Redshank
. There are two places near the lake where Herons
nest in trees in groups (known as rookeries). There is a small islet in the lake where is a colony of nesting Common Tern, Arctic Tern and Sandwich Tern
which depart for the coast of Africa in the Autumn.
Some of the smaller birds present around the lake are Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler
and Reed Bunting
. The Kingfisher
is sometimes seen at the lock gates at Blanket Nook and at the small streams that run into Inch Lake. Among the animals found here are Otters
which venture into the salt water as well as the LakeOur Hotel
is located only 5 minutes walk
from The Inch Wildfowl Reserve
therefore allowing us to act as the perfect spot to rest your head after a long day out in the Inishowen Country Air. To avail of our latest special offers please click here
or if you are seeking a more tailored package or Group etc. then please contact Ron on firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos courtesy of Inishowen Wild life Club
saw a fantastic new Project come to life - Inch & Foyle Wildlife
This Project funded by the European Union through INTERREG IVA Programme is to deliver two world-class Visitor & outdoor recreation attractions at Inch and the East Coast of Lough Foyle near Limavady.
Click image above to download the Inch & Foyle Project Brochure
We are located just 5 minutes away by car
so act as the perfect location to enjoy the Inch site
but also the Limavady site also. The inch site offers a stunning 8km walkway of stunning wildlife and photo opportunities suitable for walking, running, cycling and simply little trips out. For more information on the Project please Visit: http://www.inchandfoyle.com/
You never know what you might see!