Woodgrange ASSI

Protected area type: Areas of Special Scientific Interest
Feature type: 
  • Earth Science
  • Down
Council: Newry, Mourne and Down
Guidance and literature: Woodgrange ASSI

Woodgrange ASSI (also known as Annadorn Fen) occupies 18.9 ha and lies to the south of the Annadorn Road approximately 3 km west of Downpatrick, Co. Down.

The site at Woodgrange has been selected as the type site for the late-glacial climatic warming following deglaciation in Ireland lasting from 13,000 - 11,000 years before present (B.P.). Detailed cores document the palaeoecological evidence for these changes. Although many of the late-glacial sites in Ireland record a common sequence of events, Woodgrange records the very first late-glacial plant colonisation, possibly around 13,000 years ago. The succeeding grass phase dates from 11,800 - 10,900 years B.P. and is best represented at Woodgrange; this is the Woodgrange Interstadial. Post-glacial estuarine clays were deposited after about 7500 yrs B.P. and this is one of the few sites in Ireland where elements of the post-glacial transgression have been subjected to 14C dating.


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