Lough Carra News and Events

August 20th 2014

There is swallow roost of approx. 20,000 birds on the Lough. Swallows roost on Lough Carra every autumn and the location of the roost is different each year. This year they have chosen the reed beds off Moore Island. The birds start to gather at around 8.30pm and finally settle in the reed beds at around 9.30pm. This is a very notable event on a national scale and demonstrates the importance of Lough Carra.

August 10th 2014

Video footage of a Pine Marten marking territory on the shore of Lough Carra has been added to the Mammals Photographs and Videos section of the website, the video was taken by Lynda Huxley in August 2014.

August 3rd 2014

Chris and Lynda have just located a new colony of the purple hairstreak butterfly. Three individuals were seen on 3 August on an oak tree in the Doon woodlands. This raises the number of colonies around Carra to three. The butterfly report has been updated to include this record, it can be located in the Insect Section under Butterflies: Butterflies of Lough Carraook by Chris and Lynda Huxley.

July 28th 2014

An exciting discovery has been made on the shores of Lough Carra, it is a very rare species of plant and the details can be found in the Flora section entitled Very Rare Plant Found on the Shores of Lough Carra by Chris and Lynda Huxley. Photographs of the plants can be seen on the Flora Photographs page.

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Lough Carra with rocks in foreground and trees in the background, blue sky and clouds which are reflected in the lake

Lough Carra

This website provides a wide variety of information on the ecology, biodiversity, conservation, history and archaeology of County Mayo's Lough Carra and its lakeshore habitats.There is a variety of topics available, ranging from non-technical information to copies of scientific publications, as well as images of the lake and its habitats and wildlife.

Lough Carra is the largest marl lake in Ireland and is part of the Great Western Lakes complex. It covers 1,560 hectares and is joined to Lough Mask by the Keel River. It has many islands and a ragged shoreline with a plethora of bays and promontories, all on a bedrock of limestone.

The information on this website has been collated from various sources and is provided in order to raise awareness and understanding of the value and importance of this beautiful lake, and to encourage enhanced protection of this valuable component of Ireland's heritage.

The website map gives a full list of all information included on the site, to access the information, select the title of interest.

Further information on these and other topics will be included as it becomes available.

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