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Killard Nature Reserve

Killard Point,Co.Down is situated to the south of Strangford Lough, is surrounded by fine views of the Mourne mountains, the Lecale landscape and the Isle of Man.

The abundant grassland flowers colour the landscape through the seasons. In early May, the blues of spring squill and bluebells appear. Through June, yellow flowers of bulbous buttercup, kidney vetch and wild pansies predominate. In July, restharrow, centaury and pyramidal orchids change the scene to pink while in August the rich purples of knapweed, thyme and field scabious complete the picture. Many of the plants found are uncommon or rare in Ulster. Thousands of orchids flowering in late June produce a display unequalled in the province.

The banks in July and August are alive with butterflies. Common Blues, Meadow Browns and in some years Painted Ladies abound. Look out for the bizarre Six-spot Burnet, a day-flying moth and listen for grasshoppers on sunny days. Notable birds include fulmars and sand martins on the cliffs and stonechats amongst the scrub.
Thrift
Thrift
Thrift
Thrift
Bluebells
Bluebells
Tortoishell Butterflies on Ragwort
Tortoishell Butterflies on Ragwort
Yawning Seal
Yawning Seal
Flowers at Killard
Flowers at Killard
Orchid at Killard
Orchid at Killard
Orchid
Orchid
Cowslip at Killard
Cowslip at Killard
Orchid at Killard
Orchid at Killard
 Killard flowers
Killard flowers
Bee Orchid
Bee Orchid
 Killard Moth
Killard Moth
Small Copper
Small Copper
Holly Blue
Holly Blue
Dandelion
Dandelion
Kestrel
Kestrel
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern
Gannet
Gannet
Stonechat
Stonechat
Juvenile Stonechat
Juvenile Stonechat
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Red Throated Diver
Red Throated Diver
An Albino Black Guillemot
An Albino Black Guillemot
Albino Black Guillemot
Albino Black Guillemot
Grey Plover
Grey Plover
Common Redshank
Common Redshank
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Stonechat
Stonechat
Bar Tailed Godwit
Bar Tailed Godwit
Curlew
Curlew
Bar Tailed Godwit
Bar Tailed Godwit
Bar Tailed Godwit
Bar Tailed Godwit
Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Red Throated Diver
Red Throated Diver
Wheatear
Wheatear
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Juvenile Stonechat
Juvenile Stonechat
Raven
Raven
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Dunlin
Juvenile Wheatear
Juvenile Wheatear
Juvenile Starling
Juvenile Starling
White Wagtail
White Wagtail
Scabious
Scabious
Grey Seal Pup
Grey Seal Pup
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern
Sandwich Tern
Sand Martin
Sand Martin
Sand Martin
Sand Martin
Sand Martin
Sand Martin
Sand Martin
Sand Martin
Sky Lark
Sky Lark
Common Greenshank
Common Greenshank
Robin
Robin
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Red Breasted Merganser
Red Breasted Merganser
Whimbrel
Whimbrel
Ringed Plover in Flight
Ringed Plover in Flight
Wheatear
Wheatear
Grey Plover
Grey Plover
Brent Goose
Brent Goose
Grey Plover
Grey Plover
Curlew
Curlew
Turnstone
Turnstone
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Rock Pipit
Rock Pipit
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Grey Plover
Grey Plover
Common Redshank
Common Redshank
Grey Plover
Grey Plover
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Dunlin
Golden Plover
Golden Plover
Pied Wagtail
Pied Wagtail
Common Redshank
Common Redshank
Stonechat in Flight
Stonechat in Flight
Common Gull
Common Gull
Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Red Throated Diver
Red Throated Diver
Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Black Headed Gull Silhouette
Black Headed Gull Silhouette
Great Northern Diver
Great Northern Diver
Red Breasted Merganser
Red Breasted Merganser
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Breasted Merganser
Red Breasted Merganser
Colour Ringed Birds
Colour Ringed Birds
Colour Ringed Birds
Colour Ringed Birds
Colour Ringed Birds
Colour Ringed Birds
Brent  Goose in Flight
Brent Goose in Flight
Orchid
Orchid
Orchid
Orchid
Robin
Robin
Northern Wheatear
Northern Wheatear
Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Greenshank
Greenshank
Stonechat Saxicola torquata
Stonechat Saxicola torquata
Wren
Wren
Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler
Whitethroat
Whitethroat
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Oystercatcher Pollution Victim
Oystercatcher Pollution Victim
Oystercatcher Pollution Victim Died of Starvation
Oystercatcher Pollution Victim Died of Starvation
Oystercatcher Pollution Victim It Died of Starvation.
Oystercatcher Pollution Victim It Died of Starvation.
Woodcock
Woodcock
Common Swift
Common Swift
Richard's Pipit
Richard's Pipit
Richards Pipit
Richards Pipit