Unique Cross Border site
Sliabh Beagh Uplands is an extensive area of rolling sandstone uplands, rising to the rounded summit of Dooncarn at 380m high. The area straddles the border of Counties Tyrone, Fermanagh and Monaghan.
Important Wildlife habitat
Sliabh Beagh is the third largest expanse of active blanket bog in N. Ireland and the last remaining intact bog habitat in Co Monaghan. It is a wild and remote location. The rolling upland landscape straddles the border of N Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and is recognised by multiple European and national conservation designations for its internationally important peatland habitats.
The 12,000ha of blanket bog, heath and grassland on Sliabh Beagh is home to important species listed on Annex 1 of the European Birds directive including – hen harriers, merlin, snipe, curlew and red grouse.
Source for River Blackwater & Tributaries
Streams and lakes on Sliabh Beagh are important feeder sources for salmonid rivers in the River Blackwater catchment including the Monaghan Blackwater, the Fury River and the Mountain Water.
The Monaghan Blackwater is fed by small streams flowing south off Sliabh Beagh between Ballinode and Clones. The Fury and Mountain Water are fed by natural dystrophic lakes and pools on Sliabh Beagh – Lough NaHeery, Loughs Aportan, Antaicer and Meenish. These lakes are also important source of drinking water for two local Group Water Schemes in Monaghan.
The River Blackwater Catchment Trust are working with the NI Forest Service to develop a Red Squirrel corridor through the woodlands on the northern slopes of Sliabh Beagh. For more information go to www.riverblackwatercatchmenttrust.com