- Site number:851
- Area:1,032 ha
- Designation date:07-06-1996
- Coordinates:53°34'N 07°22'W
Lough Owel. 11/06/96; West Meath; 1,032 ha; 53°35'N 007°23'W. One of the best examples of a large, spring-fed calcareous lake in Ireland. The lake and fringing wetlands support an outstanding array of rare plant species as well as bird and fish populations of considerable interest. Adjacent farmland are feeding grounds for internationally important numbers of the Greenland White-fronted goose. Human activities include intense fishing pressure and boating. Ramsar site no. 851.
- Regional (international) legal designations:
- EU Natura 2000
- Last publication date:07-06-1996