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
|7110 Active raised bogs * Priority feature|
|Curran Bog occurs in the flood-plain of the Moyola River. Despite extensive turf-cutting around its edge, the remaining intact surface retains a high cover of Sphagnum bog-mosses (indicating active peat growth) and well-developed surface patterning (i.e. pool, hummock and hollow complexes). |
The pool system is a particularly important feature, as these are generally very rare in Northern Irish lowland raised bogs. The pools vary in shape and size, but are generally linear with a carpet of aquatic Sphagnum bog-mosses, particularly S. cuspidatum, with lesser amounts of S. denticulatum and scattered bogbean Menyanthes trifoliata. Notable species include great sundew Drosera longifolia, S. pulchrum, S. imbricatum and S. fuscum.
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
|7120 Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration|
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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