Garron Plateau

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In the upper Garron Plateau

The Garron Plateau is an upland area in the Glens of Antrim, in County Antrim

Ecology and conseration

An area of 11,496 acres of the upland has been designated an area of special scientific interest. Upland blanket bogs cover basalt rocks, and flushing by mineral-enriched water has resulted in the formation of alkaline fen vegetation. There are small areas of standing and running water but bogs, marshes, water fringed vegetation and fens cover 70% of the area. The remainder is heath and scrubland, humid grassland and mesophile grassland.[1]

The peatland complex is composed of a series of raised and flushed peat bog and oligotrophic lakes. Plants include Erica tetralix, Trichophorum cespitosum, Eriophorum vaginatum, dwarf-shrubs and Sphagnum papillosum, Sphagnum fuscum and Sphagnum imbricatum. Garron Plateau is the main Irish location for Carex pauciflora and Carex magellanica. The areas of flushed peat are floristically rich, with black bog-rush Schoenus nigricans and brown mosses. The site contains populations of Saxifraga hirculus and the bog orchid Hammarbya paludosa.[1]

This area has also been designated a Ramsar site, under the Ramsar Convention for the protection of important wetlands.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Garron Plateau Special Area of Conservation: JNCC
  2. [ Garron Plateau: Ramsar Sites Information Service