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Part of the townland of Drumbegger with The Sillees River in the distance

Drumbegger (from Irish Drom Beag Gearr, meaning "small, short ridge") is a townland situated in the area of Boho, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It contains the sub-townland known as Oubarraghan.[1]
This area was designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI 322, 17 August 2009) as a consequence of species-rich wet grassland.[2] These species rich grasslands are rare in Northern Ireland and are usually found in areas with traditional farming practices.[2] The grassland is mainly categorised as Fen meadow purple moor-grass and rush pasture on the slopes where there is a steady hydrologicval influence.[2] Typical species of this type of grassland are Devil’s-bit scabious (Succisa pratensis), sharp-flowered rush (Juncus acutiflorus), meadow thistle (Cirsium dissectum), lesser spearwort (Ranunculus flammula), together with mosses such as glittering wood-moss (Hylocomium splendens) and neat feather-moss (Pseudoscleropodium purum).[2] Drumbegger is also noteworthy for two protected species, blue-eyed-grass (Sisyrinchium bermudiana) and the marsh fritillary butterfly (Euphydryas aurinia).[2] Marsh fritillary caterpillars thrive on two species found in Drumbegger, that is blue-eyed-grass and Devil’s-bit scabious.[2]

Fossil Crinoids in The Screenagh River
Screenagh River Waterfall emerging from the Arch Cave in Oubarraghan

Oubarraghan contains the Arch Cave (Grid ref: H1037 4790) which is an outlet of a series of subterranean passages that originate from Noon's Hole.[3] The river that runs out of this cave is known as the Screenagh, which makes its way through Drumbegger and into the Sillees River.[3]

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  1. ^ Boho Heritage Organisation (2009). Edel Bannon, Louise Mclaughlin, Cecilia Flanagan, ed. Boho Heritage: A treasure trove of history and lore. Nicholson & Bass Ltd, Mallusk, Northern Ireland. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-9560607-0-9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Area of Special Scientific Interest". Northern Ireland Environment Agency. 
  3. ^ a b "Earth Science Conservation Review". National Museums Northern Ireland. 

Coordinates: 54°22′49″N 7°50′23″W / 54.38021°N 7.83986°W / 54.38021; -7.83986