Peatlands Park

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Peatlands Park is a 266 hectares area established in 1990 and placed under the safeguard of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.[1] It is located in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and has been designated as an Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI).[2] Peatlands Park is home to a particularly rich sample of the fauna and flora found in peat bogs, and proposes 16 km (10 mi) of paths to its visitors.[3]

The park holds two natural reserves predating the park itself, Annagarriff (77 ha) and Mullenakill (22ha), established in 1980.[4] Of the two, Annagarriff is thought to be home to the only colony of Scottish wood ants in Ireland.[5]

It also holds a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railway established in 1901 and displays an outdoor turf cutting site.[6][7]

Peatlands Park main pond in the winter with the bogland beyond the trees.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peatlands". Peatlands NI. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Peatlands Park ASSI". NI Environment Agency. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Peatlands Park". NI Environment Agency. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Peatlands Park". Discover Northern Ireland. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Formica aquilonia – Scottish Wood Ant". Habitas - NI Priority Species. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Small industrial railways". Armagh County Museum. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "The Railway". NI Environment Agency. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

External links[edit]

"Churchill - Home of the Verners". Craigavon Historical Society. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

Coordinates: 54°29′06″N 6°36′32″W / 54.485°N 6.609°W / 54.485; -6.609