Peatlands Park

Site details

UK map showing location of Peatlands Park Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Peatlands Park SAC/SCI/cSAC


When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

7120 Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration
Peatlands Park is a large lowland raised bog that has been extensively cut for turf in the past. It represents one of the largest areas of degraded raised bog in Northern Ireland. Regeneration is taking place over a large part of the site, with heather Calluna vulgaris and cross-leaved heath Erica tetralix together with a mixture of sedges including hare’s-tail cottongrass E. vaginatum, common cottongrass Eriophorum angustifolium and Sphagnum bog-mosses. The peatland flora includes bog-rosemary Andromeda polifolia at one of its few Northern Ireland sites. The peatland interest also incorporates an area of intact lowland raised bog at Mullenakill. Associated woodland interest includes 91A0 old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum and 91D0 Bog woodland.
91D0 Bog woodland  * Priority feature
Peatlands Park is located within an extensive area of cut-over raised bog close to the southern shores of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. The Bog woodland appears to have developed through seral succession over a shallow, peat-bottomed lake. Downy birch Betula pubescens is dominant, with grey willow Salix cinerea one of the main associates. Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg. is locally abundant in the ground cover. However, most of the woodland floor is soft and spongy, with occasional quaking areas, dominated by acid fen communities. These are composed of a thick bryophyte carpet of Polytrichum spp., Scleropodium purum and a variety of bog-moss Sphagnum spp., through which grow a scattering of grasses, sedges and herbs.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

7110 Active raised bogs  * Priority feature
91A0 Old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum in the British Isles

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Not applicable.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

Not applicable.

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