Edenaclogh Wood is a special place because it is one of only a few drumlin woods still surviving. The structure of the woodland is varied and the species that live in it are very diverse. This reflects past and present management practices and different environmental conditions, particularly the type of soils. The canopy is mixed throughout the wood with ash and alder interspersed among downy birch and sessile oak.
The shrub layer consists of hazel, which in the absence of mature trees, frequently forms a dense, low canopy. Other shrub species include holly, hawthorn, rowan, willow and more notably the rare bird cherry. On the ground, a wide variety of flowering plants are present along with grasses, sedges, ferns and mosses. The bulk of the wood land is oakwood on dry, slightly acid soils and this is reflected in a ground flora of hard-fern, broad buckler-fern, bluebell, wood-sorrel and hairy wood-rush.
Species more characteristic of the wettest areas of the woodland include Opposite-leaved golden-saxifrage, meadowsweet, marsh-marigold, creeping buttercup and remote sedge.
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- Conservation Management Plans for Northern Ireland’s Special Areas of Conservation
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