Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, Ballycroy

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Ballycroy National Park is located in the Owenduff/Nephin Mountains area of the Barony of Erris in northwest County Mayo, Ireland. It is one of the largest expanses of peatland in Europe, consisting of 117.79 square kilometres of Atlantic blanket bog. It is a unique habitat with a diverse flora and fauna. It was established as a national park on 1 November 1998. The area of the park is a candidate Special Area of Conservation as part of a site known as the Owenduff/Nephin Complex. It is also a Special Protection Area and part of the Natura 2000 network.
The European Union Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), which was transposed into Irish law in 1997, lists certain habitats and species that the Irish Government was required to designate as SACs to ensure their protection. These habitats include blanket bogs. The bog at Ballycroy is especially important in this regard because it is one of the largest examples of a blanket bog habitat left in Western Europe. Ballycroy was established as a national park on 1 November 1998. It is managed under the State Property Act, 1954.
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  • A wonderful stop on the way through the magnificent park. Beautiful visitors centre with friendly and helpful staff. A very good exhibit and a stunning cafe. Well worth a stop  more »
  • nice walkway and exhibit interpreting the area. Informative staff anf lovely cafe with gorgeous views over achill island. really worth doing boardwalk by lough too as can see trees trapped in bog and....  more »

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