Scragh Bog Nature Reserve

Site Details

County
Westmeath
Location
Situated about three miles north of Mullingar.
Area
22.8
Established
1992
Coordinates
Latitude: 53.579
Longitude: -7.36
Ownership
State-owned

The best illustration in Ireland of the transition from alkaline fen to acidic raised bog and one of the few remaining in Europe. It contains a large number of uncommon plants and insects which are rare in Europe. The bog is rated as being of international importance. The greater part of the bog was purchased by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council with funds generously provided by the Dutch Foundation for the Conservation of Irish Bogs. It was then handed over to the State for management as a Nature Reserve.

Animals and plants of interest
Birds include Skylark and Common Snipe. Plants include Sphagnum Moss, Sundew and the notable species Round-leaved Wintergreen (Pyrola rotundiflora).