Annaghmore Lough

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Annaghmore Lough
Annaghmore Lough location in Ireland
Annaghmore Lough location in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Location County Roscommon
Coordinates 53°48′2″N 8°9′29″W / 53.80056°N 8.15806°W / 53.80056; -8.15806Coordinates: 53°48′2″N 8°9′29″W / 53.80056°N 8.15806°W / 53.80056; -8.15806
Primary inflows Scramogue River
Catchment area 3.96 km2 (1.5 sq mi)
Basin countries Ireland
Max. length 1.3 km (0.8 mi)
Max. width 0.7 km (0.4 mi)
Surface area 0.53 km2 (0.20 sq mi)
Max. depth 16 m (52 ft)
Surface elevation 46 m (151 ft)
References [1][2][3]

Annaghmore Lough is a freshwater lake in the west of Ireland. It is located in County Roscommon in the catchment of the upper River Shannon.

Geography[edit]

Annaghmore Lough is located about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of Strokestown. It lies at the centre of a group of small glacial lakes.[3]

Natural history[edit]

Fish species in Annaghmore Lough include perch, roach, rudd, pike, tench, three-spined stickleback and the critically endangered European eel.[3] The fen on the lake's north shore is home to a snail species rare in Europe, Vertigo geyeri.[4]

Annaghmore Lough is an important bird sanctuary. Threatened species present here include whooper swan and golden plover. Other species include teal, shoveler, wigeon, mallard, pochard, goldeneye, lapwing and curlew. The lake and surrounding fens form the Annaghmore Lough (Roscommon) Special Area of Conservation.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Google (26 Feb 2016). "Annaghmore Lough" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 26 Feb 2016. 
  2. ^ "A Reference Based Typology and Ecological Assessment System for Irish Lakes" (PDF). Environmental Protection Agency (Ireland). 2006. p. 16. Retrieved 26 Feb 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Water Framework Directive Fish Stock Survey of Annaghmore Lough" (PDF). Inland Fisheries Ireland. Oct 2011. Retrieved 26 Feb 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Annaghmore Lough (Roscommon) SAC" (PDF). National Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland). Retrieved 26 Feb 2016.