Dunloy Bog ASSI

Protected area type: Areas of Special Scientific Interest
Feature type: 
  • Habitat
  • Antrim
Council: Antrim and Newtownabbey
Guidance and literature: Dunloy Bog ASSI

Dunloy Bog contains one of the largest remaining areas of undamaged lowland raised bog in Northern Ireland. Despite turf cutting around the margins and recent burning the bog still retains a large intact dome, with a well developed hummock / hollow complex. In unburned areas extensive Sphagnum lawns are found. The rare mosses Sphagnum fuscum and Sphagnum imbricatum occur in the hummocks.

The most important feature of Dunloy bog is the unbroken transition from bog to lagg, the most extensive and least disturbed bog-to-lagg transition in Northern Ireland.

Also of interest is the esker along the western edge, which is of geomorphological and botanical interest. It contains a contrasting area of unimproved grassland and heath. Also, several notable plant species occur. These include Burnet saxifrage and cowberry.

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