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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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  Slieve Blooms, Co. Laois
    (Demonstration site)
Slieve Blooms, Co. Laois, an Irish Bog Restoration Project Site in Ireland The Slieve Blooms is an isolated, inland mountain range, which straddles the border between counties Offaly and Laois. The site supports an extensive area of mountain blanket bog habitat and includes the headwaters of several important river systems, including the River Barrow. Adjacent to the SAC, the lower mountain slopes of the Slieve Blooms are extensively afforested. The project area is 252 hectares in size which occurs over 8 different sub-sites, distributed throughout the mountain range.

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The upland blanket bog on the Slieve Blooms is considered to be one of the best and least disturbed areas of mountain blanket bog habitat in the country. The vegetation is dominated by ling heather (Calluna vulgaris) which is generally accompanied by a well-developed carpet of mosses (mainly Sphagnum capillifolium and Hypnum jutlandicum) and various lichens. Other frequent plant species include crowberry (Empetrum nigrum), bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) and deer sedge (Trichophorum cespitosum). An unusual feature is the abundance of cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos) and bog rosemary (Andromeda polifolia). The blanket bog at this site is relatively undisturbed by grazing and burning. The main impact of afforestation on the upland habitats at present is the regeneration of Sitka spruce and lodgepole pine onto intact bog and heath from adjacent forestry plantations. Within this site the project primarily focusses on the removal of these naturally regenerating conifers with drain blocking also to carried out within certain sub-sites. This drain-blocking is largely confined to the margins of the sub-sites.
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