Garron Plateau IPA

Location: County Antrim, Northern Ireland, stretching north-east of Ballymena to Garron Point.

Grid Reference: D 240 189

Garron Plateau IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • One of the UK’s most important populations of Marsh Saxifrage
  • The species richness of lichens in bogs
  • One of the best UK examples of threatened habitats of:
    Alkaline fens;
    Blanket bogs (extensive areas of peatland)
  • The Garron Plateau is a 'table' of volcanic basalt rock, stretching from central Ballymena to the coast at Garron Point. Here dramatic cliffs with a distinctive stepped profile plunge into the sea. Rock outcrops and acidic grassland cover its slopes. The more elevated summits are draped in blanket bog, with occasional fen peat in wet flushes and small oligotrophic lakes.

    Plants you could see

    The site is rich in rare and notable plants including; narrow-leaved marsh-orchid, bog orchid, yellow marsh saxifrage, few-flowered sedge, both bog-sedge and tall bog-sedge, parsley fern, oak fern, beech fern, and Alpine clubmoss