Situated in an inter-drumlin wetland this small mesotrophic lake is fringed by a mosaic of notable vegetation communities.
Of particular importance is the marginal mossy fen which varies from poor acid fen close to the lough to more base-rich fen behind which is extensive to the south of the lake.
Wet woodland and scrub back the fen with swampy woodland common close to the lough, while the most extensive stand of bog woodland occurs adjacent to the remnant area of raised peatland to the southwest.
In addition to being one of the most diverse sites botanically in Tyrone, it is also the most diverse for invertebrates, with a number of notable species including the rare Irish damselfly and blue shieldbug.
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