Lecale Fens are privately owned and are not open to public access
Four alkaline fens make up the Lecale Fens SAC. Located in Co. Down, Northern Ireland, these fens are calcium rich and host a number of plants which are considered rare in the UK and Ireland. Lecale Fens are characteristic of undisturbed wetlands and include areas of very rare mire vegetation.
This SAC has some very notable insects residing here, including the much endangered Marsh fritillary butterfly was once a widespread sight but has seen a large drop in numbers all across Europe and as such is in need of urgent conservation action. Reasons for this decline include the loss of suitable habitats, habitat fragmentation and unsuitable land management.
The Desmoulin’s whorl snail was discovered here in Summer 2018, the first time this species has ever been found and recorded in Northern Ireland. A team of specialists were working on site carrying out surveys as part of the CANN project when they made the discovery of the tiny snail in high numbers. This find is especially notable given the size of the snail, which are typically smaller than a baby’s fingernail.