Wicklow | National Parks & Wildlife Service

Deputy's Pass Nature Reserve

Location:
Near Glenealy.
GPS:
Latitude: 52.952
Longitude: -6.164
Area (ha.):
47

Although coppice in origin this woodland is a good example of its type.

Established:
1982
Ownership:
State-owned

Glen of the Downs Nature Reserve

Location:
About 8 km south of Bray.
GPS:
Latitude: 53.135
Longitude: -6.114
Area (ha.):
59

This is an area of sessile oak. It is a very good example of the drier type of oak woodland characteristic of acid soils in Wicklow.

Established:
1980
Ownership:
State-owned

Glendalough Nature Reserve

Location:
GPS:
Latitude: 53.008
Longitude: -6.324
Area (ha.):
157

A series of oak woods extending from the upper lake to the lower slopes of Derrybawn Mountain.

Established:
1988
Ownership:
State-owned

Glenealo Valley Nature Reserve

Location:
Lies above and to the west of Glendalough.
GPS:
Latitude: 53.011
Longitude: -6.39
Area (ha.):
1,958

A broad open valley surrounded by mountains and generally consists of a large plateau of mixed heathland and peatland.

Established:
1988
Ownership:
State-owned

Knocksink Wood Nature Reserve

Location:
Situated in the Glencullen river valley just north of Enniskerry.
GPS:
Latitude: 53.204
Longitude: -6.192
Area (ha.):
52.3

Some of the valley slopes are dominated by sessile oak, while other areas are characterised by mixed woodland. Notable features of the slopes are the frequent and extensive springs and seepage areas within the woodland. These petrifying springs are listed as a priority habitat in the EU Habitats Directive. The site has one of the most diverse woodland invertebrate faunas in Ireland, incorporating wet woodland organisms threatened internationally within the EU. There is an educational centre within the site.

Established:
1994
Ownership:
State-owned

Vale of Clara Nature Reserve

Location:
Mostly on the eastern side of the Avonmore River.
GPS:
Latitude: 52.942
Longitude: -6.239
Area (ha.):
220.57

A large area of fragmented oak-wood. It contains the largest area of semi-natural woodland in Co. Wicklow and is potentially one of the largest stands of native hardwoods in the country. The area has been at least partially under woodland since the Ice Age. The oak-woods are also of high scenic value.

Established:
1983
Ownership:
State-owned