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  Sessuegilroy, Ox Mountains, Co. Sligo
Sessuegilroy, Ox Mountains, Co. Sligo, an Irish Bog Restoration Project Site in Ireland This project area is situated in the Ox Mountains, some 10 kilometres northwest of Tubercurry, Co. Sligo. The site lies within the Ox Mountains Special Area of Conservation and occupies an area of 23.6 hectares.

The project site comprises a range of habitats including mature conifer plantation, young conifer plantation, blanket bog and wet heath. The unplanted area of this site is dominated by wet heath vegetation on thin, sloping peat. The main plant species in this vegetation is purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea) with ling (Calluna vulgaris) prominent around the numerous areas of outcropping rock.

In general this wet heath vegetation is subject to a degree of flushing by flowing water on these slopes and, as a result, species such as Sphagnum auriculatum, S. recurvum, soft rush (Juncus effusus) and marsh violet (Viola palustris) occur frequently. On the summit of the hill, deeper, less flushed blanket peat is present and species such as ling (Calluna vulgaris), deer grass (Trichophorum cespitosum) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) are generally dominant. Whilst the removal of trees from the project site will not have a direct impact on the core areas of interest within the SAC, it is nonetheless important in that it will provide information regarding the rehabilitation of blanket bog and wet heath habitats in the Ox Mountains.

The main restoration measures at this site involves the felling of tall conifers and the blocking of drains.
Sessuegilroy, Ox Mountains, Co. Sligo   Sessuegilroy, Ox Mountains, Co. Sligo
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