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Knockmoyle Sheskin Nature Reserve

Co. Mayo

Location: Situated north of Bord na Móna works at Bellacorick between Oweniny River on the eastern side and Sheskin Lodge and the ruined settlement of Sheskin on the western side.

Area (ha.): 1,198
An extensive area of lowland blanket bog densely pool-studded and containing interesting flushes.
Established in 1986. State owned.

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Oldhead Wood Nature Reserve  

Co. Mayo

Location: 3 km. north-east of Louisburg.  This small reserve lies on the east side of two knolls which form a promontory on the southern shore of Clew Bay.

Area (ha.): 17
Old Head is also the name of the townland and so may be an anglicised version of the original placename (possible Irish name Seán). The reserve is largely comprised of deciduous trees but has been modified by human usage over the years. Due to its scenic location on the southern shores of Clew Bay it enjoys a very humid climate and this has resulted in a rich bryophyte flora. At the moment the Western Region of NPWS are drawing up a 10 year management plan for the Reserve which will hopefully enrich the old oak woodland status of the reserve. Established in 1984. State owned.

Animals and Plants of Interest: This is an example of semi-natural woodland, oak being the dominant species, with birch, rowan, willow and some introduced beech and sycamore. Due to its scenic location on the southern shores of Clew Bay it enjoys a very humid climate and this has resulted in a rich bryophyte flora. At the moment the Western Region of NPWS are drawing up a 10 year management plan for the Reserve which will hopefully enrich the old oak woodland status of the reserve.

Access: is from the Westport - Louisburgh road some 2 miles from Louisburgh. There are 2 recognised walking paths but as the reserve is divided in 2 sections it is not possible to cross from one section into the other.

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Owenboy Nature Reserve

Co. Mayo

Location: Situated l0 km. west of Crossmolina and l0 km. east of Bellacorrick on the south side of the Ballina/Belmullet Road at Eskeragh Bridge.

Area (ha.): 397.1
An extensive bog of intermediate type lying in a broad basin. It contains a number of low domes resembling raised bogs and numerous flushes.

Animals and Plants of Interest: Utilised by Greenland White-fronted Geeseand housing a rare species of moss.

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