Union Wood is an Old Oak Woodland site that extends along the eastern bank of the Ballysadare River. It consists of a mixture of broadleaf and coniferous trees, although parts of the wood are dominated by Sessile Oak. Other characteristic species of Union Wood include Sitka and Norway Spruce, holly, rowan, hazel, and hawthorn.
An area of heath in the upland of Union Wood offers another habitat type that increases the biodiversity of the area. Heather, mosses, sycamore and beech are supported here.
The wide variety of fauna present in the woodland adds to the importance of the site. Pine martens, badgers, foxes, deer, and the Red Data Book species Red Squirrel are all present. Ravens, kestrels and sparrowhawks also occur.
Red squirrelCourtesy of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Red Squirrel - Courtesy of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
The Burren provides a natural habitat for one of Ireland's shyest mammals, the pine marten.
Pine Marten -
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An Pocaire Gaoithe -
Young fox cubs waking up.Copyright Mike Brown
Fox cubs - Copyright Mike Brown
They are one of several land mammals in Ireland. Badgers dig their setts in many different habitats, woodlands and hedgerows are good places to find badger setts.Copyright Mike Brown
Badger - Copyright Mike Brown
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