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Special Areas of Conservation

Curran Bog

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Northern Ireland
Unitary Authority Northern Ireland
Centroid* H872954
Latitude 54.79972222
Longitude -6.6425
SAC EU Code UK0030322
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 183.51
* This is the approximate central point of the SAC. In the case of large, linear or composite sites, this may not represent the location where a feature occurs within the SAC.
Location of Curran Bog SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (82.6%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (0.5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (16.9%)

Download the Natura 2000 standard data form for this site as submitted to Europe (PDF <100kb)

Note 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

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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