Upper Drumcose Rd, Enniskillen BT93 7EJ.
|Classification:||karst lake Turlough|
|Guided tours:||self guided|
|As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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|DEC-2004||confirmed as Site of Community Importance (SCI).|
|MAY-2005||designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).|
Fardrum Lough, Roosky Lough, and Green Lough are three small turloughs or karst lakes, located at the southern shores of Lower Lough Erne. They formed within a basin of the Carboniferous Ballyshannon limestone. The lakes are connected to the karst groundwater but have no in- or outflow on the surface. They are oriented and located on a straight line running northwest to southeast, almost parallel to nearby Lower Lough Erne. They are the only turloughs in Northern Ireland, and represent the most northerly occurrence of turloughs in Ireland and the UK.
Due to the geological uniqueness and the resulting yearly flooding the vegetation communities of inundation zone are quite exceptional. Typical are the bryophytes Cinclidotus fontinaloides and Fontinalis antipyretica. Green Lough also supports the rare fen violet Viola persicifolia. Also exceptional is the ground-beetle fauna including the carabids Blethisa multipunctata and Pelophila borealis. For this reason the site was designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC)