Hollymount SAC

Protected area type: Special Areas of Conservation
Feature type: 
  • Habitat
  • Down
Council: Newry, Mourne and Down
Guidance and literature: Hollymount SAC

Hollymount is comprised of low-lying, regularly flooded marshland surrounded by drumlins. Swamp carr woodland has developed in the wetland and is characterised by dense, mature Alder Alnus glutinosa and Grey Willow Salix cinerea with Reed Canary-grass Phalaris arundinacea and the Greater Pond-sedge Carex riparia dominating the ground flora.

Oak woodland has also developed on a large drumlin within the site. Over much of this Oak Quercus sp. dominates the canopy with frequent Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus and Beech Fagus sylvatica and occasional Ash Fraxinus excelsior. Otter Lutra lutra is present on the site and fluctuating water-filled ditches represent the principal sites for Water Violet Hottonia palustris in Northern Ireland.

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