Upper Lough Erne IPA

Location: County Fermanagh, south-east of Enniskillen, in the west of Northern Ireland.

Grid Reference: H 285 327

Upper Lough Erne IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.

The key features of this IPA are:

  • The species richness of stoneworts in surface standing waters
  • One of the best UK examples of threatened habitats of:
    Flood plain and riverside forests with Alder;
    Nutrient rich lakes with abundant vegetation;
    Old oak woodlands with holly
  • The Upper Lough Erne area is a very large and complex freshwater system.

    A series of flooded drumlins in the course of the River Erne give rise to a complex of islands, bays and lakes bordered by damp pastures, fens, reedswamp and alder/willow carr and oak woodland.

    The extensive woodlands represent one of the largest areas of semi-natural woodland remaining in Northern Ireland and the parkland is notable for the age of its trees and the communities of woodland lichens (with a number of rare species) that are associated with them.

    The area also contains many vascular plants with a restricted distribution in the British lsles and is an important stonewort area.