The play area (climbing frame area, not the woods or swamp) will be temporarily closed for a short period as we are installing a new Play Tower- we apologise for any inconvenience.

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The Brent Discovery Hide offers the best vantage point for viewing wildlife on Strangford Lough. This hide boasts three different vistas from which to make the most of the stunning views and abundance of wildlife.



Countless numbers of wildfowl, including many thousands of brent geese, pattern the Strangford Lough sky, waters, salt marshes and fields, creating an unforgettable natural spectacle.

Bird Watching

Castle Espie is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough near Comber, County Down.

Strangford Lough is an area of international importance and great beauty, with eelgrass beds and a wide variety of wildfowl and waders including shelduck, shoveler, redshank, godwit and plover.

Castle Espie’s main draw, though, is its 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.