Fortwilliam Turlough lies to the east of Lough Ree, one of only two Turloughs to the east of the River Shannon. It is of high ecological value as it is a rare example of of an oligotrophic habitat in the age of modern agriculture and is therefore designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
The area around Fortwilliam Turlough is quite diverse, owing to the semi-permanent nature of its body of water, marl precipitation and occasional outcrops of limestone. The underlying limestone supports calcareous-loving species such as Black Bog-rush, eyebright, tormentil and sneezewort. The drier areas surrounding the turlough are dominated by a community of sedges, Creeping Cinquefoil and Adder’s-tongue. Common Club-rush, mare’s-tail and Greater Spearwort are typical of the wetter areas.
Both snipe and Mallard Duck species find shelter at Fortwilliam Turlough for nesting.
Black Bog Rush
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