A project which will enhance the tourist potential of Slemish mountain and the surrounding area has just been completed.
The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust, in partnership with Ballymena Borough Council, have been working on the Slemish Access Enhancement Project.
Located within the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Slemish Mountain, dominates the landscape near Ballymena and comprises of a rich mosaic of upland habitats, containing a diverse variety of plant and animal species
A new booklet and habitat and species identification chart will enable visitors to identify interesting plants and animals on the mountain. The booklet provides tips for appropriate use of the site, to ensure Slemish is kept in pristine condition for other visitors.
Maurice Turley, Biodiversity Officer for Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus Councils said: “Mountain habitats like those found on Slemish are unique and rich in biodiversity. Many rare and notable plants can be discovered on the mountain, as well as birds and insects adapted to mountainous environments. This guide is a great resource to any visitors to Slemish as they will get an insight into the fascinating wildlife that inhabits the mountain.”
Christine Butler, Tourism Officer for Ballymena Borough Council added: “You can pick up your free copy of the Slemish booklet from Ballymena Tourist Information Centre or download a copy from www.ccght.org