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  Eskeragh, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo
    (Demonstration site)
Eskeragh, Crossmolina, Co. Mayo, an Irish Bog Restoration Project Site in Ireland Eskeragh is located just south of the main Ballina to Belmullet road, approximately 10 kilometres west of Crossmolina, Co. Mayo. The site occurs in two parts one covering an area of 12.3 hectares with the other covering an area of 28.3 hectares. These forestry-dominated sites lie within the extensive Bellacorick Bog Complex Special Area of Conservation which is one of the finest examples of a relatively intact lowland blanket bog landscape in Ireland. The SAC is notable for the widespread occurrence of flush and fen vegetation, derived from mineral-rich groundwater seepage areas, which support a range of rare vascular plant and moss species.

Group at Eskeragh Bog during the IPCC Education Day  
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of group at Eskeragh Bog during the IPCC Education Day
The Owenboy Nature Reserve lies to the south of the larger forestry sub-site at Eskeragh. The majority of the land within this site is planted however there are also small areas of open blanket bog within the larger of the two sub-sites. Throughout most of the afforested areas the trees have grown poorly and, as a result, the bog vegetation is still present and many drains have infilled with a luxuriant cover of Sphagnum moss.

The conifers at this site will be felled, left on site and any significant drains will be blocked.
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