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Garrane, Co. Kerry
Dromalonhurt, Co. Kerry
Pollagoona, Co. Clare
Pollagoona, Extension Site
Emlaghdauroe, Co. Galway
Bellaveeny, Co. Mayo
Eskeragh, Co. Mayo
Owenirragh, Co. Mayo
Glencullin Lower, Co. Mayo
Shanvolahan, Co. Mayo
Croaghonagh North, Co. Donegal
Carrick Barr, Co. Donegal
Carrick Barr, Extension Site
Sessuegilroy, Co. Sligo
Slieve Blooms, Co. Offaly and Co. Laois
Corravokeen, Co. Mayo, Extension Site
Derry, Co. Mayo, Extension Site
Kingarrow, Co. Donegal, Extension Site
Cappaghoosh, Co. Galway, Extension Site
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  Dromalonhurt, MacGillycuddys' Reeks, Co. Kerry
    (Demonstration site)
Dromalonhurt, MacGillycuddys Reeks, Co. Kerry, an Irish Bog Restoration Project Site in Ireland Dromalonhurt lies in the beautifully scenic valley below Bealach Oisín, some 15 kilometres southwest of Killorglin, Co. Kerry. The site adjoins the Caragh River, a well-studied river catchment which is considered to be acid-sensitive, and lies within the Killarney National Park, MacGillycuddys' Reeks and Caragh River Catchment Special Area of Conservation.

This project site consists of 102 hectares of blanket bog in Coillte ownership, 28.9 hectares of which are planted with conifers. The site itself occurs within a larger area (c. 220 hectares) of blanket bog that was surveyed by the Wildlife Service in 1989 as Ballygisheen, when it received a high rating for its ecological value. The unplanted portion of the site contains good quality blanket bog habitat. The vegetation is typically dominated by purple moor-grass (Molinia caerulea), black bog-rush (Schoenus nigricans) and a range of typical species of sedges and mosses. Cover of Sphagnum cover is good and includes the nationally rare Sphagnum pulchrum. A large area of quaking peat with extensive pool systems occur within the site and this area supports brown-beaked sedge (Rhynchospora fusca) which is a rare species in the southwest of the country. The planted area of this site is dominated by Sitka spruce of variable quality and the presence of bog vegetation under these trees varies with canopy cover.

At this site the conifer crop will be felled, left on site and any significant drains will be blocked.
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