Plants, Trees & Animals
of Lough Grainey

Lough Grainey valley in east county Clare, Ireland, is an area of immense beauty and ecological value.

The valley centers around the lake, Lough Grainey, with several rivers including the river Grainey flowing out of the lake. The lake and the river are named after the ancient Irish Sun Goddess, Grian.

This area falls within the Slieve Aughty Mountains Special Protection Area due to the presence of the two rare birds of prey, hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) and merlin (Falco columbarius).

The valley includes stands of ancient oak trees, which have become extremely rare in Ireland and internationally.

Bees, bumblebees, and butterflies, as well as other insects, depend on the abundance of wildflowers in the species-rich grasslands and woodlands.

The area is very rich in lichens and fungi.







you are contributing to
buying the land for the nature
sanctuary, planting an oak forest,
offsetting carbon emissions,
and protecting biodiversity.

Did you know?

Up to one-quarter of all Irish species that have been assessed,
are threatened with extinction, according to the National
Biodiversity Data Centre.

“In relation to the proposal for the Lough Grainey Nature Reserve,
the Hen Harrier Project wishes to express its support
for this really novel initiative for this area.”

Dr Caroline Sullivan,
Project Manager, The Hen Harrier Project

We envision Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary to
become Ireland’s flagship project
in rewilding and protection of biodiversity.


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