Galway | National Parks & Wildlife Service

Clochar na gCon/Bealacooan Bog Nature Reserve

Location:
Situated in South Connemara, approximately two miles north of Inverin.
GPS:
Latitude: 52.044
Longitude: -8.384
Area (ha.):
1,247

This bog forms part of the greater Connemara Bog Complex. It is a classic and intact example of atlantic or oceanic blanket bog, with a diverse flora which includes a number of scarce plant species and a blanket bog fauna which includes many of Ireland's and Europe's more important and threatened species. Actively growing bog is a priority EU habitat.

Established:
1999
Ownership:
State-owned

Coole-Garryland & Ballynastaig Wood Nature Reserves

Location:
Near Gort, Co. Galway
GPS:
Latitude: 53.097
Longitude: -8.864
Area (ha.):
9.76 and 363.58

These two reserves, through their combination of deciduous woods, limestone reefs, lakes and turloughs, constitute one of the most interesting Irish vegetation and faunal complexes still in existence. The Coole-Garryland reserve contains a variety of floral habitats including well-formed high forest on deep pockets of soil, dwarf woodland on limestone pavement and a turlough complex in the Callows and Coole Lake. A large portion of this reserve was formerly owned by Lady Gregory, co-founder with W.B. Yeats and Edward Martyn of the Abbey Theatre. 

Visit the Coole Park website at www.coolepark.ie.

Established:
1983
Ownership:
State-owned

Derryclare Nature Reserve

Location:
Located on the shore of Derryclare Lough in the Inagh Valley. Entrance is via the R344, which joins the N59 at Recess to the N59 near Kylemore Abbey.
GPS:
Latitude: 53.4787155
Longitude: -9.7507054
Area (ha.):
19
Established:
1980
Ownership:
State-owned

Derrycrag Wood Nature Reserve

Location:
1 km south-east of Woodford
GPS:
Latitude: 53.044
Longitude: -8.384
Area (ha.):
110.48

Along with the nearby Rosturra Wood Nature Reserve, this reserve comprises fragments of a once-extensive forest and now contain stands of oak and ash with an understorey of holly and hazel and a rich ground flora.

Established:
1983
Ownership:
State-owned

Leam West Bog Nature Reserve

Location:
Situated two miles south-east of Maam Cross.
GPS:
Latitude: 53.416
Longitude: -9.487
Area (ha.):
373.48

The bog is of international importance. It is an area of very diverse blanket bog developed over both acid and base rich rocks at the north east limit of the Connemara blanket bogs. It forms part of one of the largest areas of intact bog in Connemara and it is one of the few sites containing both lowland and highland bog. A large number of habitats occur including rock outcrops, bog pools, extremely wet quaking areas, streams and relatively nutrient rich flushes. 

Established:
1991
Ownership:
State-owned

Pollnaknockaun Wood Nature Reserve

Location:
1 km north-east of Woodford village.
GPS:
Latitude: 53.063
Longitude: -8.388
Area (ha.):
38.85

A semi-natural woodland which once formed part of the extensive forest referred to under, Rosturra Wood & Derrycrag Wood.

Established:
1983
Ownership:
State-owned

Richmond Esker Nature Reserve

Location:
4 km north-west of Moylough.
GPS:
Latitude: 53.532
Longitude: -8.617
Area (ha.):
15.7

Along with Timahoe Esker Nature Reserve, one of the few esker ridges left in the country, which still carry native woodland. Although extensively planted with conifers and other exotic species it is planned to expand the native woodland using appropriate management techniques. 

Established:
1985
Ownership:
State-owned

Rosturra Wood Nature Reserve

Location:
3 km east-north-east of Woodford.
GPS:
Latitude: 53.06
Longitude: -8.354
Area (ha.):
17.68

Along with the nearby Derrycrag Wood Nature Reserve, this reserve comprises fragments of a once-extensive forest and now contain stands of oak and ash with an understorey of holly and hazel and a rich ground flora.

Established:
1983
Ownership:
State-owned