With the purchase of a plot of land in the nature reserve Slievekirk, Ardmore in Northern Ireland, I have also been “Lord of Ardmore” since October 1st, 2022.
About the reserve:
Slievekirk Wood takes its name from the nearby Slievekirk Mountain, which rises above the Faughan Valley to a height of over 1000 feet. Faughan Valley is one of the most wooded landscapes in Northern Ireland, benefitting from two ancient woodland sites and a number of more recent conservation projects.
Slievekirk Wood was planted predominantly with birch trees around 15 years ago. Plenty of sunlight breaches the canopy, and shines on the silver bark. The woodland is a haven for birdlife, and red deer can be seen from time to time. The beautiful jay bird is a frequent visitor.
As you enter the woodland, a small wooden footbridge aids access over the drainage ditch and an informal, winding path leads through the birch, oak and Scots pine trees. At the far side of the wood, a rustic bench has been installed and there are some lovely views over Derry/Londonderry, Lough Foyle and the Donegal Hills.