The Ballaugh Curragh

Ballaugh CurraghBallaugh Curragh

An Area of Special Scientific Interest and the first designated wetland of international importance on the Isle of Man

Isle of Man Wildlife Trust

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A patchwork landscape of small woods, old hay meadows, ponds, bogs and wet grassland, divided by sod hedges and twisting lanes, the site is a remnant of a long-gone agricultural system – one of hay cutting, reed cutting and grazing.

The area has one the largest winter roost sites of hen harriers in Western Europe, as well as breeding habitat for a highly endangered migratory bird, the corncrake. It is famed for its orchids: in midsummer, spotted and butterfly orchids can be seen here in their thousands.

This scheme aims to help farmers and landowners create sympathetic habitat in the landscape around the designated site, helping to prevent the wetlands from drying out and enhancing their capacity to support important species.

 

Virtual tour by Mike McFarlane 

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What's happening

The area has one the largest winter roost sites of hen harriers in Western Europe

  • Scheme area: 175 Ha
     
  • The area has one the largest winter roost sites of hen harriers in Western Europe, as well as breeding habitat for a highly endangered migratory bird, the corncrake. It is famed for its orchids: in midsummer, spotted and butterfly orchids can be seen here in their thousands.
     
  • Although the core areas received protected designation in 2006, large parts of the region remain under threat from drainage, land improvement and agricultural pressure.
     
  • This scheme is also helping wildlife adapt to climate change

Partners

Curraghs Wildlife Park, run by the Department of Tourism and Leisure, and Manx National Heritage, which owns the largest part of the wetland.

More information

Email  enquiries@manxwt.org.uk  |  phone 01624 801985  |  visit Isle of Man Wildlife Trust