Lough Yganavan Nature Reserve

Site Details

County
Kerry
Location
Situated in the vicinity of Castlemaine Harbour.
Area
25.3
Established
1988
Coordinates
Latitude: 52.093
Longitude: -9.892
Ownership
State-owned
Animals and plants of interest
Lough Yganavan Nature Reserve, which covers approximately one quarter of this shallow, low-lying lake, is an important habitat for Ireland's rarest amphibian; the Natterjack Toad. This endangered species has a very limited distribution; its stronghold being a few sandy coastal sites in Co. Kerry. The Natterjack Toad has a distinctive yellow stripe down its back. It runs in short bursts, rather that hopping as a frog would. By day it shelters under stones and at dusk ventures out to feed on insects. The Natterjack Toad hibernates in winter and breeds during the spring and summer.