BALLYCROY NATIONAL PARK
ESTABLISHMENT OF BALLYCROY NATIONAL PARK
Blanket bogs, cliffs and river habitats are found in the park. The blanket bog is one of the largest expanses of peatland left in Europe. Conservation of the bog is thus of international importance because of the niches it provides for various species, such as rare species of plants. The Owenduff River is also an important conservation area because it is the only river in Western Europe that still drains a relatively intact and extensive blanket bog system. It is also a very prolific salmon and sea trout river.
The Owenduff area is an important roosting, feeding and breeding site for a number of migratory bird species, such as the Greenland White-fronted Goose, that are protected by the European Union Birds Directive. Other rare species found in the park include the Whooper Swan, Peregrine Falcon and Corncrake.
A visitor centre for the park opened in 2009. The 700 square meter building overlooks the Atlantic Ocean in Ballycroy village. It opens daily throughout the summer tourist season.