Curran Bog ASSI

Protected area type: Areas of Special Scientific Interest
Feature type: 
  • Habitat
  • Londonderry
Council: Mid-Ulster
Guidance and literature: Curran Bog ASSI

Curran Bog occurs in the flood-plain of the Moyola River. Despite extensive turf-cutting around its edge, the remaining intact surface retains a high cover of Sphagnum bog-mosses (indicating active peat growth) and well-developed surface patterning (i.e. pool, hummock and hollow complexes). 

The pool system is a particularly important feature, as these are generally very rare in Northern Ireland lowland raised bogs. The pools vary in shape and size, but are generally linear with a carpet of aquatic Sphagnum bog-mosses, particularly Sphagnum cuspidatum, with lesser amounts of Sphagnum auriculatum and scattered bogbean. 

Notable species include great sundew, Sphagnum pulchrum, Sphagnum imbricatum and Sphagnum fuscum.

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