Rea`s Wood and Farr`s Bay
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
|91E0 Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae) * Priority feature|
|Rea’s Wood and Farr’s Bay is situated along the shores of Lough Neagh and is one of the best examples of alluvial forests in Northern Ireland. The site contains a complete successional sequence from open water through reedswamp to alder woodland. These habitats occur on permanently inundated and ponded areas that have developed as a result of successive lowerings of the Lough. The woodland canopy is dominated by alder Alnus glutinosa and willows Salix spp., with occasional ash Fraxinus excelsior. The ground flora is very variable and often consists of swamp species, including bottle-sedge Carex rostrata, meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria, hemlock water-dropwort Oenanthe crocata, large bittercress Cardamine amara, yellow flag Iris pseudacorus and reed canary-grass Phalaris arundinacea. The swamp woodland grades to drier woodland inland.|
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site
Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection
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