Fardrum and Roosky Turloughs

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Fardrum and Roosky Turloughs

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    43 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    54°24'N 07°43'W
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Fardrum and Roosky Turloughs. 10/06/02; Northern Ireland; 43 ha; 54°24'N 007°43'W. ASSI. Three "turloughs" in a group, the only ones in Northern Ireland and the most northerly occurrence of this lake type in Ireland and the UK - intermittent lakes and pools in a limestone basin, wherein inflowing water rises through the limestone with changes in groundwater levels and flows out again via sinks, which can be clearly seen during dry periods. The turloughs all exhibit distinctive vegetation communities associated with the inundation zone, including some rare species. Permanently wet basins within the turloughs support vegetation typical of lakes and lake shores. The area is particularly rich in types of water beetles. Over-grazing by domestic livestock, vegetation succession, and eutrophication are perceived as potential threats. Ramsar site no. 1177. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

Administrative region: 
Northern Ireland

  • National legal designation: 
    • ASSI
    • Environmentally sensitive area
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)