Visitors to Drumlamph Wood will be greeted by a remarkable wooden sculpture, which contains carvings of some well-loved wildlife figures. The red squirrel, hare and badger are just some of the crafty creatures who will keep a watchful eye on you as you embark upon your journey.
The ancient woodland has a close canopy of hazel and holly, interspersed with some fine old oaks. One such, ‘McCartney’s Oak’, is named after the grazier who lived in the 1860’s and who, it is said, sheltered under the tree during the summer months.
The name Drumlamph, locally pronounced ‘Drumnaph’ is something of an enigma — it could either mean ‘the ridge of the elm tree’ or ‘the ridge of the wild garlic’. The ancient woodland is bordered by rush meadow and wetland, with thousands of planted native trees in the fields further north. The planting provides an extended foraging habitat for wildlife, while helping to buffer and protect the old wood.
The River Grillagh meanders to the north of the new planting area, and winds in to meet you at certain parts of your journey. All habitats provide a wonderful haven for everything from sparrowhawks and buzzards to dragonflies and damselflies. Some special mammals, including otters and the Irish hare, have also been sighted.
The wood is freely open to all, all year round.
From the centre of Maghera, follow the A29 (the Garvagh Road) for two miles, before turning left onto Gortinure Road. Travel for one mile and then turn left onto Grillagh Road. Drumlamph Wood is 300m along Grillagh Road on the right hand side. The car park, off the Grillagh Road, leads immediately into a young woodland.
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