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centuries ago for fuel and building. In the 1950s an attempt was made to establish a conifer wood. Although some of the spruce did get a decent foothold the scheme was considered a failure and abandoned. Te harsh winds of Rathlin did their worst. Kinramer is now an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI). At the top of the ‘Dream’ you come to a cluster of houses including Kinramer Cottage, which is one of the Antrim Camping Barns. If you stay there you will surely hear, at night, the long-eared owls that frequent the area. Pause here a few moments and look around. Tere are two stones with drawings of ships in the front garden of the barn. Te stones

Kinramer Cottage, one of the Antrim Camping Barns

who would have gladly shot them, as their rasping call of ‘crek-crek’ in the evening and early night kept many a person awake. Te calling stops once a mate has been found. Te dramatic demise of the corncrake was due to the loss of habitat together with the introduction of mechanical harvesting and quick-ripening cereals. I have only ever seen this secretive bird once, but if you hear one and want to attract it towards you, try run- ning a piece of wood across a comb. As Cleggan gives way to Kinramer you come across the remnants of a failed forestry project. Rathlin was once covered in trees but they were all cut down

Entrance to Kebble National Nature Reserve 41

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