The Newcastle Lake wildlife sanctuary is situated in north county Meath. The reserve is centered on a secluded lake bordered with mixed woodland and reed beds. The lake is part of the river Dee system and is home to Kingfisher, Otter, Cormorant, Grebes and Swans. In summer the air buzzes with dragonflies and swooping Daubenton’s bats. Ecological studies carried out on the site gathered baseline information on the flora and fauna present, which can be used in future monitoring of the site. The occurrence of species of national interest such as the Natterer’s Bat makes Newcastle Lake a site of county wildlife value.
The Newcastle Lake reserve is privately owned and is not accessible to the public. The reserve is jointly managed by the landowners and the IWT. The IWT organises guided visits of the reserve throughout the year and these are open to IWT members. Management of our reserves is funded by membership so every member counts!