Grid Reference: H 090808, H 086821
Like many areas in NW Europe, the hills of West Tyrone receive high rainfall from the prevailing Atlantic winds. This high moisture and cool climate waterlog the soil so that normal breakdown of plant remains is extremely slow. Because of this, peat covers large areas of upland. It is known as blanket bog.
Today, much of the blanket bog in Ireland has been exploited for fuel or planted over with conifer trees. Killeter Nature Reserve comprises two areas where the blanket of peat is deep and has many specialised plants. The peat-forming Sphagnum moss dominates, with heather or ling on the drier hummocks.
White bog cotton and yellow bog asphodel add beauty throughout the summer. In the autumn, frost signals an end to the growing season and the bog takes on the rich autumn shades of brown and orange. Winter visitors may see the berries on the cranberry or hear the Greenland whitefronted geese as they fly over looking for a bog on which to feed. These winter visitors, known as bog-geese, traditionally fed on the roots of sedges in the vast bogs of Ireland. Being wary of people and enclosed spaces, they no longer stop at Killeter.
None. We advise visitors to admire this site from the road.
For a closer look at peat bogs, visit Peatlands Park near Dungannon. Contact the Site manager at phone number - 028 3885 1102