Bird Watching (UK) - - News Wire -

One of North­ern Ire­land’s best bird­ing lo­ca­tions has re-opened to the pub­lic. The RSPB’S iconic Rath­lin West Light Se­abird Cen­tre, one of our favourite bird­ing spots in North­ern Ire­land, re­cently un­der­went a ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment project, with a com­plete up­grade of the vis­i­tor cen­tre, made pos­si­ble by in ex­cess of £600,000 worth of EU fund­ing and in­vest­ment by the Com­mis­sion­ers for Ir­ish Lights. The re­fur­bish­ment has also pro­vided ac­cess to the 89 steps that lead to the ‘up­side down’ light­house which clings to Rath­lin’s cliffs, one of the 12 Great Light­houses of Ire­land. Rath­lin, which lies north of Bal­ly­cas­tle, is North­ern Ire­land’s only in­hab­ited off­shore is­land, and is fa­mous for its vast sum­mer­time se­abird colonies, with tens of thou­sands of Puffins, Ra­zor­bills, Guille­mots and Kit­ti­wakes jostling for nest­ing space on the cliffs.

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