Kerry | National Parks & Wildlife Service
Cummeragh River Bog Nature Reserve
This bog is the most southerly intact lowland blanket bog in Ireland and is of international importance. It is almost completely encircled by the Cummeragh River and tributary. It is in excellent condition and actively growing, has a well developed pattern of hummocks and pools and has a mature and luxuriant vegetation cover. The bog, which is now owned by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, was originally purchased with donations from the Dutch Foundation for the Conservation of Irish Bogs.
Derrycunnihy Wood Nature Reserve
Owned by Coillte Teo, this Nature Reserve consists of old native oak woodlands with some patches of bog and lakeshore. It is the best example of a damp-climate oceanic wood with luxuriant growth of mosses and ferns high up in the trees.
A compound spit composed of a series of pebble beaches, one of the best spits in Ireland. It supports many rare plant communities mainly of a salt marsh type.
Eirk Bog Nature Reserve
Part of a very well developed and little disturbed example of an intermediate bog with associated poor fen and blanket bog/wet heath communities.
Great Skellig Nature Reserve
Little Skellig Nature Reserve
It is rated as of international importance because of the colonies of Gannets that inhabit the island.
Lough Nambrackdarrig Nature Reserve
Lough Yganavan Nature Reserve
Mount Brandon Nature Reserve
The sides of Mount Brandon are covered in upland blanket bog which has built up over thousands of years. Upland blanket bogs develop in damp climates where soil becomes waterlogged and the remains of plants, which have died down each winter, are preserved and accumulate in waterlogged, acid conditions.
Puffin Island Nature Reserve
Well known for its large colonies of breeding seabirds, it is owned by the State and the Irish Wildbird Conservancy. A marine reserve has been established on the surrounding area of sea and sea shore to ensure the protection of the birds and control activities which might cause disturbance.
Puffin Island Nature Reserve comprises 86.5 hectares, of which 32.73 are State-owned and 53.77 are privately owned.
Sheheree Bog Nature Reserve
This bog is the only raised bog in the Killarney district of Kerry. It has a well-developed lagg or marginal drainage system, a very rare feature in this country. It is the habitat of the plant slender cotton grass protected under the Wildlife Act. The bog is considered to be very valuable for comparative studies with the intermediate and blanket bog of the Killarney and Owenreagh valleys.
Tearaght Island Nature Reserve
Of international importance because of the large colonies of seabirds it supports. A marine reserve has been established on the surrounding area of sea and seashore to ensure the protection of the birds and control activities that might cause disturbance.
Tearaght Island Nature Reserve is comprised of 46.6 hectares, of which 19.1 are State-owned and 27.5 are privately owned.
Tralee Bay Nature Reserve
Of international importance for waterfowl especially the wintering populations of Brent geese that it supports.
Uragh Wood Nature Reserve