Orange Weather Alert – Park Closure

Harsh Weather

We would like to advise visitors that the National Park will be closed on February 8th for the duration of the Orange Weather Alert. For more information on the weather warning please see the following link: https://www.met.ie/warnings More information on weather warnings can be found on the following page on our website:https://www.ballycroynationalpark.ie/plan-your-visit/weather-warnings/

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Trail Closure

Important Notice Sign

We would like to advise our visitors that part of the Tóchar Daithí Bán Trail at the Visitor Centre will be undergoing essential maintenance over the next week. Therefore part of the trail will not be accessible. We ask visitors to please heed safety notices during this time Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

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Visitor Centre Closed for 2018 Season

Visitor Centre Closure Sign 2018

Wild Nephin/Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre is now closed for the 2018 season. The National Park/Dark Sky Park grounds remain open. The information below details the three recommended Park access points. Please email ballycroyvisitorcentre@housing.gov.ie for further information. Thank you all for your support throughout 2018, we look forward to seeing you back in 2019.

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National Weather Warning

Harsh Weather

Please note that there is a Status Yellow - Wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry, which is valid from Friday 02 November 2018 15:00 to Saturday 03 November 2018 12:00. The concept behind a status YELLOW weather alert is to notify those who are at risk because of their location and/or activity, and to allow them to take preventative action. It is implicit that YELLOW level weather alerts are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate...

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Mid-Term Events

Haunted House

Check out our Bank Holiday Weekend & Halloween events at the Visitor Centre. We encourage anyone attending to dress up! Highlights include the 'Meet the Owls' which will allow visitors to appreciate these amazing creatures up close and the pumpkin hunts which will run twice during the week. Some spooky storytelling will also be in the mix. Talks will be family friendly but please note that the talk on the 28th will be a little more technical. We can't wait...

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Know your SACs from your SPAs: Explaining Natura 2000

National Park

by Patrick Barrett The Natura 2000 sites encompass 18% of the EU’s land cover and 6% of its marine territory, making it the ‘largest coordinated network of protected areas in the world’[1]. Its sole purpose is the protection of our prized habitats and the animals who inhabit them. The animals and habitats they strive to protect are those most vulnerable, who, without protective interference would most likely become extinct. The sites are designated from areas where habitats and bird species,...

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Blog: Swift Conservation

Swift

by Patrick Barrett Each summer, many familiar sights and sounds envelop the landscapes that surround us. Whether it’s the flowers in bloom or the calls of the migratory birds, few things evoke our connection to the environment than the passing of the seasons, a reminder that the world around us is itself alive and in a constant state of change. During our summer months one such animal whose call and sight could be viewed as the harbinger of summer (and...

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A night of culture with Adrian Vernon Fish

Culture Night Banner

To kick off Culture Night 2018 in Mayo, we are holding a FREE event from 5-8p.m. where you can experience some music with light refreshments followed by a fascinating talk by Adrian Vernon Fish (Composer/Broadcaster). Music will play from 5p.m. At 6p.m. the talk will commence where Adrian will speak about his amazing life in music, broadcasting and time as a cultural ambassador for Greenland. With many hilarious stories, multiple props and an ear for composing, you are sure to...

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Ranger-led Hike to Slieve Carr

Hill Top

Having cancelled our previous hike due to inclement weather, we headed out with Conservation Ranger, Irene O' Brien on 22nd August to explore the wilds of the Nephin Mountain range. We couldn't have asked for a better day - in the middle of an overcast week, the clouds lifted to reveal the peak of Slieve Carr (known locally as Corslieve) at 721m. After a ramble through the forest at Altnabrocky, we made our ascent of Corslieve and looped back around...

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