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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
Carrick Barr, Extension Site
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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  Kingarrow, Co. Donegal, Extension Site
Kingarrow, Co. Donegal, an Irish Bog Restoration Project Site in Ireland This proposed restoration area is dominated by low-yielding conifer plantation on sloping blanket bog to the south-east of Lough Muck in central Donegal. Most of the conifer-dominated area lies within the Cloghernagore Bog and Glenveagh National Park Natural Heritage Area while the surrounding intact bog lies within the SAC area of that site. This NHA/SAC supports the largest tracts of high-quality, intact, blanket bog habitat in Co. Donegal. Throughout much of this area the conifer crop has not closed canopy and a blanket bog flora still exists.

Common species present include purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea), deer grass (Trichophorum cespitosum), cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix), ling (Calluna vulgaris) and the Sphagnum cover is locally well-developed. There are also areas of largely intact blanket bog present and along the northern margins there are places which were drained for forestry but not planted. The conifers within this restoration area will be felled to waste in order to restore a blanket bog flora. Windrowing of these felled conifers, in order to clear the peat surface for vegetation recovery, will also be carried out. Any significant drains will also be blocked by machine in order to raise the water levels within the peat.
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