Lough Beg

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Lough Beg
Loch Beag
LocationNorthern Ireland
Coordinates54°47′50″N 6°28′30″W / 54.79722°N 6.47500°W / 54.79722; -6.47500Coordinates: 54°47′50″N 6°28′30″W / 54.79722°N 6.47500°W / 54.79722; -6.47500
Basin countriesNorthern Ireland
Official nameLough Neagh & Lough Beg
Designated5 January 1976
Reference no.74[1]
Cattle Grazing in the Lough Beg National Nature Reserve

Lough Beg (from Irish Loch Beag, meaning 'little lake'[2]) is a small freshwater lake north of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland. The lake is located on the border between County Londonderry and County Antrim. The Lower Bann flows into it from Lough Neagh at the southern end and continues on its route to the sea from the northern end.

Church Island which is on the lake was the site of a pre-Viking monastery and during the summer it is normally reachable by foot. Due to the area's many rare plants and a stopping point for migrating birds the area was protected by the Lough Beg National Nature Reserve.

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  1. ^ "Lough Neagh & Lough Beg". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ Toner, Gregory: Place-Names of Northern Ireland, Volume Five, County Derry I, The Moyola Valley, page 76. The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen's University Belfast, 1996. ISBN 0-85389-613-5