Lough Oughter

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Lough Oughter

  • Country: 
    Ireland
  • Site number: 
    853
  • Area: 
    1,464 ha
  • Designation date: 
    07-06-1996
  • Coordinates: 
    54°02'N 07°25'W
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Overview

Lough Oughter. 11/06/96; 1,464 ha; 54°02'N 007°25'W. Set in a lowland drumlin, the site is a complicated system including 70 interdrumlin lakes and numerous basins along the Erne River. The site includes open water, adjacent floodplain and drumlin slopes on islands, and isolated headlands. Vegetation includes well-developed swamp and marsh communities and deciduous woodland. Regularly flooded areas support various rare and specialist plant species. Substantial populations of waterbirds, including internationally important numbers of Whooper swan and nationally important numbers of tufted duck and cormorant, are supported. The wintering Whooper swan population represents 3% of the total European population. Ramsar site no. 853.

Administrative region: 
Cavan

  • National legal designation: 
    • natural heritage area
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
  • Last publication date: 
    07-06-1996

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