Castle Espie

Castle Espie is a townland on the western shore of Strangford Lough.  According to the PLACENAMESNI website, the origin of the name Castle Espie is “castle of the bishop”, in translation from the Irish “Caistéal an Easpaig”. 

There are no castles now, but this townland is home to the impressive Wetland Centre managed by the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust.

mudflats signInstead of bishops and castles, they now have ringed teals…Castle Espie duck ringed teal - Version 3…and emperor geese….

Castle Espie emperor goose….and hides for viewing birds on the lough, including large numbers of Brent Geese in the winter.

Castle Espie chalkboardI should probably stop now, instead of adding every single bird that I have photographed at Castle Espie.  But I highly recommend a visit!

goose

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