Sliabh Beagh, or Slieve Beagh in its anglicised form, is an upland area which straddles the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Spread across the counties of Tyrone, Fermanagh and Monaghan this area has a number of designations including Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA), Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) and Natural Heritage Area (NHA).
The mix of blanket bog, wet and dry heath, and forested areas found on Sliabh Beagh provide the optimum mix of habitats for the Hen harrier and as a result the site is a stronghold for Hen harrier on the island of Ireland. The habitat also supports populations of breeding Merlin, Red grouse, Golden plover and Peregrine falcons.
In the past extensive peat extraction has occurred both within and outside the site boundaries, and as such much of the bog is cutover. These areas of cutover peatland can be carefully restored, and can create play a variable mosaic landscape typically comprising areas of bare peat and revegetated areas which can prove very valuable for biodiversity in the greater landscape.
Sliabh Beagh: Where Community, Climate, Biodiversity and Water Meet from Local Authority Waters Programme on Vimeo.
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