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Blanket Bog Restoration in Ireland  
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Garrane, Co. Kerry
Dromalonhurt, Co. Kerry
Pollagoona, Co. Clare
Pollagoona, Extension Site
Emlaghdauroe, Co. Galway
Bellaveeny, Co. Mayo
Eskeragh, Co. Mayo
Owenirragh, Co. Mayo
Glencullin Lower, Co. Mayo
Shanvolahan, Co. Mayo
Croaghonagh North, Co. Donegal
Carrick Barr, Co. Donegal
Sessuegilroy, Co. Sligo
Slieve Blooms, Co. Offaly and Co. Laois
Corravokeen, Co. Mayo, Extension Site
Derry, Co. Mayo, Extension Site
Kingarrow, Co. Donegal, Extension Site
Cappaghoosh, Co. Galway, Extension Site
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  Croaghonagh North, Barnesmore Gap, Co. Donegal
    (Demonstration site)
Croaghonagh North comprises 33 hectares of blanket bog located close to Lough Mourne in the Barnesmore Gap, approximately 8 kilometres southwest of Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. The site lies within the Croaghonagh Bog Special Area of conservation which supports some of the best examples of wet lowland blanket bog in the county. The site adjoins two good examples of oligotrophic lake habitat namely Lough Mourne and Lough Carn.

The project site consists of two portions of unplanted bog. The northern portion is larger and it comprises an intact northeastern half and a drained, but unplanted, southwestern half.
Croaghonagh North, Barnesmore Gap, Co. Donegal, an Irish Bog Restoration Project Site in Ireland
Croaghonagh North Boardwalk
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of group on Croaghonagh
North Boardwalk
The vegetation of the intact portion is dominated by purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea) with numerous wet pool areas and a high cover of Sphagnum mosses, including the uncommon species Sphagnum imbricatum and S. fuscum.

The primary restoration measure at this site involves the blocking of the drain network to the north of Lough Carn in order to raise the watertable and rehabiliate the blanket bog habitat. This network of drains was ploughed in the early 1990's however trees were not subsequently planted.
Croaghonagh North Boardwalk   Croaghonagh North Boardwalk
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of Croaghonagh boardwalk under construction
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of Croaghonagh boardwalk under construction
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