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001822 Carrickglass Demesne pNHA

SITE SYNOPSIS

SITE NAME: CARRICKGLASS DEMESNE pNHA

SITE CODE: 001822 

 

Carrickglass Demesne lies some 4 km northeast of Longford Town.  The whole estate was designated an Area of Scientific Interest (ASI) in 1972, and is now a proposed Natural Heritage Area (pNHA).

The interest of the site lies in the mixed estate woodland which borders it.  Although one area has been planted with conifers, Oak (Quercus sp.) is a prevalent tree and some specimens are reported as reaching heights around 100 feet in this mature woodland.  The degree of ecological interest of the demesne interior is not currently known.

The wood may benefit from some degree of management, which could include timber extraction.  Livestock have access to most of it and accordingly damage the ground layer of plants, also there is also a large Grey Squirrel population which may hamper regeneration.

Although Carrickglass Demesne Woodland is not extensive and is essentially linear, there are few other mature, predominantly broadleaved woodlands in the area.

12 July, 1995.