Killykeen Forest Park
The beautiful Killykeen Forest Park surrounds the lake and islands of Lough Oughter. A number of quiet trails though the forest offer a glimpse into the variety of wildlife that inhabit the area. These range from 1.5 km to 2.8km.
The main tree species that grow in Killykeen Forest Park are Norway and Sitka Spruce. Other areas of mixed woodlands include oak, ash, birch, alder, beech and sycamore trees.
This variety of tree species makes the forest an attractive habitat for a huge range of bird life e.g. herons, moorhens, cormorants, mallards, kingfishers and great crested grebes.
A host of other wildlife occupy the forest floor, such as stoats, badgers, rabbits, hedgehogs, grey squirrels and more.
Killykeen Forest Park is also home to an Iron Age ring fort and Clogh Oughter Castle . This was the 13th century de Lacy Castle , later claimed by the O’Reilly chieftains of the area.
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