Forest news and events

Find out about forest closures and other news about public forests in Northern Ireland.

Ballyboley Forest

Timber harvesting work will be ongoing for about three months, until the end of November 2019.  While this work is in progress, some of the public areas will be closed.  For example:

  • it has been necessary to stop public access on a forest road section of the Antrim Hills waymarked way (Ulster Way) during this work -  apologies for any inconvenience

Visitors are asked to follow all health and safety notices and signs.

Lough Navar Forest

Lough Navar Forest scenic drive will be closed from 16 October to 12 November 2019 due to construction work to replace a road bridge and to keep visitors safe.

Way-marked walking trails in Lough Navar Forest will stay open but some diversions may be necessary during this period. Follow all health and safety or information signage in the forest. Apologies for the inconvenience.

‘Touring in the Trees’ permits

Demand has been high for ‘Touring in the Trees’ permits for the 2019 season.  To avoid users being unable to secure a pitch during the busiest periods, it has been necessary to close the application process.  Forest Service apologises for any inconvenience. Forest Service will continue to monitor use of the sites as well as feedback from customers to decide whether further permits can be sold.

Camping and touring online booking

You can now book online if you'd like to camp or stay in a caravan, motorhome, campervan, folding caravan or trailer tent at the following forest parks in Northern Ireland:

Over 100 forests to explore

Northern Ireland has over 100 public forests you can visit.  They’re great places for walking, exercising dogs, running, orienteering. In some you can organise events, go camping, caravanning, picnicking or horse riding. Find out more:

Ballyboley Forest, County Antrim

The 'Touring in the Trees' site has been closed due to issues with the water supply.  Other supply arrangements are being considered and a final decision will be taken when this information is available. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Forest recreation charges

On event days, some charges apply to particular forests. There are also charges for the use of additional facilities in some forests - these apply to vehicles, people and to some activities and organised events. The link below has details of concessions for charities and community groups, caravanning and camping.

Report wildlife sightings online

In Northern Ireland, the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) collates wildlife records for both native and non-native species.

You can record your sightings on its website either as a single record event or you can register with them and send details through a free online account.

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