Lough Barra Bog

Small pool on Lough Barra Bog
Pool system on Lough Barra Bog.
Upland blanket bog with pool system, Lough Barray Bog.

Lough Barra Bog

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    176 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    54°56'N 08°06'W
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This Site, adjacent to the Meenachullion Bog (Site no.475), is part of the most extensive and intact area of lowland blanket bog in north west Ireland. It includes numerous small pool complexes, heath, grassland, river and lake habitats.  It is an important breeding ground for the golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) and for foraging merlin (Falco columbarius). The European otter (Lutra lutra) is also found. The bog is important for carbon storage, regulation of stream flow and water quality. The invasive Rhododendron ponticum is a threat to the Site, which is monitored by the National Parks and Wildlife Service Conservation Rangers.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • National Park - Glenveagh National Park
    • Nature Reserve - Lough Barra Bog Nature Reserve
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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