The SPNR was interested in protecting land along the eastern shore of Lough Neagh as a potential nature reserve. It is not clear from the SPNR’s records whether this included the area now protected by Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, located on the south-eastern shore of the Lough. Lough Neagh is the UK’s largest freshwater lake, 160 square miles in extent, and drains almost half of North Ireland with six rivers flowing in and only one flowing out. It is internationally recognized for its importance for wildfowl.
(Above) the original SPNR survey documents for Lough Neagh