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HABITAT

There is a wide diversity of habitats within the National Park. On the highest peak, Slieve Carr, alpine heath is found. Other habitats include upland grassland, wet and dry heath, lakes and the two main rivers – the Owenduff and Tarsaghaun, which flow into the sea northwest of Ballycroy. However, with as much as 2000mm of rainfall per year, the predominant habitat is the active Atlantic blanket bog that covers much of the Park area. FLORA

A variety of interesting plants are found within the bog habitat. You can find sphagnum mosses, black bog rush (a notable component of Atlantic blanket bog), purple-moor grass, bog cotton, orchids, lousewort, milkwort, lichens and many more. Sundew and butterwort are insectivorous plants that have adapted to the nutrient poor bog environment by trapping and digesting insects caught on their leaves. Rare plants found in the Park include the ivy-leaved bellflower which is found on wet grassland along the banks of the rivers, you can see it flowering during July and August.

Prior to purchase by the State, the National Park lands were used for agriculture and recreation such as fishing, shooting, and hillwalking. There is evidence of previous human habitation along the Bangor Trail, near the Owenduff and Tarsaghaun rivers, where the remains of stone buildings and traditional cultivation ridges can be seen. It is a tough but hugely rewarding hike for the seasoned hillwalker.

FAUNA

You can see many mammal species in the Park, including the fox, badger, mountain hare, otter, pygmy shrew and bat species. Non-native red deer, of farmed origin, were introduced into the wild in the area of Bellacorick in 2000. They can now be found on the www.heritageireland.ie

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Heritage Ireland Ezine Issue 3  

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Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue of Heritage Ireland, a collaboration between the Office of Public Works and the Department of Arts, Heritag...