Fairy Water Bogs

Fairy Water Bogs are privately owned and are not open to public access

Fairy Water Bogs SAC is a series of four relatively intact active-raised lowland bogs in the Drumquin area of Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The bogs are interspersed with agricultural land, and within the bogs there are areas of transition mire and quaking bog. This SAC is considered the most important concentration of lowland bogs in Northern Ireland.

The broader landscape used to be a hotspot for breeding waders, such as curlew, which are now in severe decline across the UK and Ireland.

Fairy Water Bogs

CANN Works

Over the lifespan of the project, the CANN team will be working on producing a Conservation Action Plan for Fairy Water Bogs SAC. As part of producing this plan detailed surveys are underway to better understand the very complex hydrology of the site. On the ground conservation actions to be completed include the management of invasive species, and fencing to manage access.


Sphagnum is the name given to the group of mosses that carpet the ground on bogs, marshes, heaths and moors. These spongy mosses are a vital component of the creation and continuation of peat bogs as they store water and prevent the decay of dead plant material. It is this non-decayed plant material which gets compressed over hundreds of years eventually forming peat. Sphagnum mosses come in an amazing variety of colours, and grow very closely together forming dense coverings on the bog surface, even creating 'hummocks' - large mounds of moss up to a metre high.
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