LThe United Kingdom has designated its 159th Ramsar site

LThe United Kingdom has designated its 159th Ramsar site

23 November 2000
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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The United Kingdom has designated its 159th Ramsar site, called with admirable succinctness Garry Bog (155 hectares, 55°06’N 006°31’W). Garry Bog is one of the largest lowland raised bogs in Northern Ireland, and the site exhibits the full range of characteristic vegetation and structural features associated with this type of habitat, such as bog pools and hummock complexes with extensive Sphagnum-rich bryophyte carpets. The lagg surrounding the bog has been cut for turf, creating a mosaic of water-logged cuttings at different levels, separated by elevated ramparts. The site, listed as wetland type "U" (peatlands), is considered to be internationally important by virtue of Criterion 1, as a large, relatively intact, and one of the best examples of lowland raised bog in the UK. This brings the global Ramsar total to 1041 wetlands under the Ramsar umbrella. [17/11/00]