Ballynanaghten ASSI

Protected area type: Areas of Special Scientific Interest
Feature type: 
  • Habitat
  • Antrim
Council: Lisburn and Castlereagh
Guidance and literature: Ballynanaghten ASSI

The two fields at Ballynanaghten are typically grass dominated with a wide range of associated herbs. The grasses crested dog's-tail, red fescue common bent and sweet vernal-grass are constant in the sward together with a range of grasses typical of low intensity managed grasslands e.g. heath-grass and quaking-grass.

Herbs typical of traditionally managed grasslands are frequent throughout the sward and include oxeye daisy, meadow vetchling , yarrow, common knapweed, common spotted-orchid and meadow buttercup.

Glaucous sedge is also very common. In addition the notable grass species yellow oat-grass and rare fern adder's-tongue have also been recorded, although occasional in distribution. 

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