Corrib Connect



Lough Corrib - Designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

Lough Corrib is of such significance from a natural heritage point of view that it has been designated as an SAC. A site is usually granted this status if it has been deemed to contain certain flora and fauna or if it has unique geological features for example.

According to the description of the Lough Corrib SAC on the National Parks and Wildlife Service web site,  Lough Corrib is a site of ‘major conservation importance’ and includes 14 habitats listed on Annex 1 of the EU Habitats Directive. There is an amount about the ecological status of the Corrib in the Site Synopsis of Lough Corrib SAC. According to the NPWS, 6 of these are priority habitats;

Lough Corrib and its environs support different flora and fauna. Those which are listed on Annex II of the Habitats Directive and are contained in this region include the Sea Lamprey, Brook Lamprey, Atlantic Salmon, White-clawed Crayfish, Freshwater Pearl mussel, Otter, Lesser Horseshoe Bat, Slender Naiad and a moss called Drepanocladus vernicosus.

Lough Corrib Eco Tour

Tony Whilde in 1985 produced a Corrib Country Eco tour which is available to download in PDF form under ‘relevant links’. The tour can be done in conjunction with Ordnance Survey Maps 38 and 45 (see maps section of this website for links to these).

According to the author, the tour is devised from the eyes of an ecologist and commences at Salmon Weir Bridge and passes along the Galway Clifden Road (N59) along by Bushypark, Moycullen, Oughterard, Maam Cross, Maum, Clonbur, Cong, Cross, Headford, Turlough Cor and returns to Galway City.

Illustrations were done by Pádraic  Reaney.

Ecology of Lough Corrib

As far as I am aware the following are the best sources of data on the ecology and properties of Lough Corrib:

  1. Final River Basin Management Plan for the Western River Basin District in Ireland (2009-2015). This is the most recent compehensive report on the ecological status of the Corrib.
  2. W. Drause and J.J. King (1994) The ecological staus of Lough Corrib Ireland, as indicatd by physiographic factors, water chemistry and macrophytic flora, Vegatio, 110, 149-161 (1994 Kluwer Academic Publishers).
  3. E. P. Mooney and M. O’Connell (1990) The phytosociology and ecology of the aquatic and wetland communities of the lower Corrib basin, County Galway, Proc. R. Ir. Acad., 90B, No. 5. 58-97.
  4. E. P. Mooney (1989) A study of Lough Corrib, western Ireland and it phytoplankdon, Hydrobiologia, 175, 195-219

Relevant Links