Scragh Bog Nature Reserve

Conservation of Beauty and Wildlife. Widely known as the Lakeland of Ireland, Westmeath is home to one of the few remaining acidic raised bogs in Europe. Scragh Bog Nature Reserve is located close to the picturesque setting of Lough Owel  and just outside Mullingar off  the N4. This  is possibly the best illustration in Ireland of the transition from alkaline fen to acidic raised bog.

Conservation of Beauty and Wildlife

Widely known as the Lakeland of Ireland, Westmeath is home to one of the few remaining acidic raised bogs in Europe. Scragh Bog Nature Reserve is located close to the picturesque setting of Lough Owel  and just outside Mullingar off  the N4. This  is possibly the best illustration in Ireland of the transition from alkaline fen to acidic raised bog.

It covers an area almost 23 acres and is of international importance. The Scragh bog nature reserve is  located ten minutes walk from Lodge Owel Lodge .

Rich Flora & Fauna at Scragh Bog

9,000 years ago after the last Ice age, fen-fringed lakes were a common feature throughout the midlands of Ireland however most of these lakes disappeared under moss and heather as part of a natural progression from lake to raised bog.  The Scragh bog’s transition has been much more gradual. Here you’ll come across a large number of uncommon plants and insects which are rare in Europe.

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