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  Emlaghdauroe, The Twelve Bens, Co. Galway
    (Demonstration site)
Emlaghdauroe, The Twelve Bens, Co. Galway, an Irish Bog Restoration Project Site in Ireland This project area lies on the southwestern slopes of Ben Gleninsky, which is located along the southern edge of the Twelve Bens mountain range in the Connemara region of Co. Galway. The site is surrounded by the Twelve Bens/ Garraun Special Area of Conservation and the area to be cleared of conifers will be subsumed into the SAC once restoration has been shown to be successful.

Emlaghdauroe boardwalk  
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of Emlaghdauroe
The site can be divided into two distinct parts. Below an altitude of approximately 200 metres there is a large planted area, dominated by tall lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), while above 200m the land is unplanted, unfenced and dominated by heath vegetation and rock outcrops. Immediately upslope of the planted area there is wet heath vegetation dominated by purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea) and ling heather (Calluna vulgaris) and this in turn grades into dry/montane heath dominated by ling heather (Calluna vulgaris). This montane heath vegetation also contains plant species such as clubmoss (Huperzia selago), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), juniper (Juniperus communis) and bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). Areas of montane heath habitat are relatively rare in Ireland. The site will serve as a good demonstration of how the many plantations in similar locations in Connemara can be managed for environmental benefit.

The main restoration measures at this site will be the felling and removal of the commercial conifer crop, followed by the blocking of drains.
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