Moneygal Bog

Moneygal Bog SAC is located north of the village of Castlederg in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is a large active raised bog which is notable for its well-developed bog “dome” and for what is considered one of the best examples of hummock and pool systems in Northern Ireland.  The peatland at Moneygal is dominated by largely active bog vegetation, and areas of historic peat cutting appear to be largely actively regenerating –both of which are huge positives for the health and conservation status of this bog.

Moneygal Bog

CANN Works

Over the lifespan of the project, the CANN team will be working on producing a Conservation Action Plan for Moneygal Bog 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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