Teal Lough SAC lies to the north-west of Cookstown beyond Lough Fea at an elevation of 220m. It is bisected by the county boundary, which runs through Teal Lough itself. This is one of the largest and least disturbed upland blanket peat and raised bog habitats in Northern Ireland.
The features of interest are all hydrologically linked; being four actively developing upland raised bogs surrounded by active blanket peat with an oligotrophic lake to the north. The pool and hummock complexes display rich bryophyte communities (including Sphagnum imbricatum and Mylia taylorii), a limited but notable range of upland invertebrates (including Salda muelleri and Agabus arcticus) and a vascular flora uncommon in Northern Ireland (Drosera intermedia and Utricularia minor). The underlying Pleistocene sand and gravel fluvioglacial outwash series, together with the ridge series, are important, being related to a major deglaciation phase of the South Sperrins.
- ASSI Guidance for Public Bodies/Competent Authorities
- Coastal Areas of Special Scientific Interest
- Conservation Management Plans for Northern Ireland’s Special Areas of Conservation
- European Marine Sites - Marine Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas
- Management of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
- Marine Conservation Zones
- Marine Protected Areas
- Marine Ramsar sites
- Portrush Coastal Zone
- Special Areas of Conservation
- Special Areas of Conservation for Harbour porpoise
- Special Protection Areas