AN official launch to mark Chaines Wood at Ballygally being granted special status is set to take place in April.
The wood has been given Local Nature Reserve status by the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside.
There are now six council-owned Local Nature Reserves in Mid and East Antrim Borough.
The others are Bashfordsland Wood and Oakfield Glen in Carrick; Beach Road and Diamond Jubilee Wood in Whitehead; Carrickfergus Mill Ponds and Cranny Falls, Carnlough.
Local Nature Reserves are areas where nature and wildlife are protected.