The Copeland Bird Observatory is situated on Old Lighthouse Island owned by the National Trust.
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The Copeland Bird Observatory is situated on Old Lighthouse Island owned by the National Trust. Although not generally open to the public, weekend and day bird watching trips can be arranged.
Situated 2 ¼ miles off the coast from Donaghadee and comprising of approximately 300 acres, these are a group of 3 small islands. The islands are noted for their varied bird population including resident species such as fulmar, eider, black guillemot, oyster catcher and herring gull. The islands are also a resting and breeding ground for Grey Seals.
Privately owned by McCulla Estates, Drumbo and Lisburn, Copeland Island is the largest of the three and is approx.1km north to south and 1.5km east to west. The island has several farm dwellings that are used at various times throughout the year. Mew Island is the third island which has a lighthouse and is owned by Commissioner of Irish Lights.
Boat trips to the Islands are available. For information contact Ards Visitor Information Centre on 028 9182 6846.