Wildlife & Conservation
The estate boasts an impressive range of native wildlife. Blarney Castle & Gardens are the first estate in Ireland to be awarded the prestigious title of 'Wildlife Estate' from the European Landowners' Organisation.
The native woodlands, rivers and lake within the inner estate and also in the separate pockets of ground around the village area, provide support for many increasingly rare species including otters, red squirrels, badgers, barn owls, buzzards, kingfishers, river lampreys, trout and salmon.
Blarney Castle and Gardens takes conservation very seriously and as well as safeguarding the wild animals, has established collections of rare and endangered native plants, working in conjunction with the National Botanic gardens, as well as working with other foreign organisations to create ex-situ collections of particularly endangered plant species from countries such as Vietnam.