Coole Lough & Garryland Wood

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Coole Lough & Garryland Wood

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    364 ha
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    53°05'N 08°51'W
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Coole Lough & Garryland Wood. 30/05/90; Galway; 364 ha; 53°05'N 008°51'W. Biogenetic Reserve; Nature Reserve. Part of a low-lying karstic limestone area characterized by a subterranean drainage system and seasonal lakes, known as turloughs, set in a matrix of woodland, limestone heath and grassland. The site and adjacent nutrient-poor lakes are the most important turlough complex in Ireland. Many rare species of flora and fauna and communities associated with the turlough to woodland transition are supported. Water levels fluctuate widely. The lakes are fringed by aquatic vegetation grading into grassland, tall grass and herb communities and, beyond the level of summer flooding, into scrub and high forest. Ramsar site no. 473.

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    • nature reserve
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