Enclosure Trail

Trail description

This is a short 1.2km trail that takes you around the perimeter fence of the wildlife enclosure.   There are a number of benches strategically placed along the way to allow the walker to sit and observe the Fallow & Red deer that are resident in the park.  Take time to watch them grazing and resting or nursing their young during the spring months.  See if you can spot the bat & bird boxes sited on some of the trees that provide extra options of shelter for wildlife.  

In terms of tree species, you will notice ; laurel, beech, Scot's pine, oak, Sally and cypress inside the wildlife enclosure.   Outside the enclosure tree species include; Douglas fir, beech, hawthorn, hazel, alder, sycamore, larch and even some eucalyptus. 

The trail passes close to the park's hunting lodge.  This was built by Captain Matthews back in the estate days to allow him to entertain shooting parties, this was restored in 1977. 

Towards the end of this trail, & located towards the the front of the enclosure there is a man-made pond.  Originally, back in the days of Captain Matthews,  this was a small "flighting" pond where wild fowlers stalked duck in the late evenings & early mornings.  Today it provides a safe habitat for many types of water fowl, including; Moorhen, Mallard duck, Little Grebe and occasional migratory geese. 

The end of the trail brings you back to the amenities area where there is a children's playground, picnic tables, toilet facilities & the option to go on & explore other trails within the park. 

Trail Name: Enclosure Trail
Recreation Site: Farran Forest Park  [view site]
Trail Start Point: Corner of Wildlife Enclosure
Time: 25min
Degree of Difficulty: Easy   View Trail Grade Definitions
Metres Climb: 20
Attributes: Loop Trail (Returns to Starting Point)
Finish Point: Corner of Wildlife Enclosure
Trail Way marking:Red