Flora and Fauna

A very diverse fauna and flora exist within the park. A mix of grassland, woodland, wetland plants, birds, and invertebrates are present. By careful management we hope to increase this biodiversity even further.

Future

Our plans for the future are to carry out extensive planting in strategic locations within the site and to continually develop the site as an educational facility for students of all ages.

Public

The co-operation of the public is greatly appreciated in helping to keep the park clean and tidy and free from litter.

Please keep dogs on leads at all times and clean up after your dog.

FLORA

Discover the range of Flora in the images and the list below that you may come across at the Lough Head Park.
Images supplied by I Herbert
  • Alder [Alnus glutinosa]

  • Ash [Fraxinus excelsior]

  • Beech [Fagus sylvatica]

  • Bird Cherry [Prunus padus]

  • Blackthorn [Prunus spinosa]

  • Downy Birch [Betula pubescens]

  • Guelder Rose [Viburnum opulus]

  • Hawthorn [Crateagus monogyna]

  • Hazel [Corylus avellana]

  • Hornbeam [Carpinus betulus]

  • Poplar [Populus spp.]

  • Silver Birch [Betula pendula]

  • Willow [Salix spp.]

  • Wych Elm [Ulmus glabra]

  • Angelica [Angelica sylvestris]

  • Arrow Head [Sagittaria sagittifolia]

  • Bramble [Rubus sect. Glandulosus]

  • Bistort [Polygonum bistora]

  • Burr Reed [Sparganium erectum]

  • Clover [Trifolium repens]

  • Chickweed [Stellaria spp.]

  • Cock’s Foot Grass [Dactylis glomerata]

  • Common Reed [Pragmites communis]

  • Common Vetch [Vicia spp.]

  • Creeping Bent Grass [Agrostis stolonifera]

  • Creeping Buttercup [Ranunculus repens]

  • Cuckoo Flower [Cardamine palustris]

  • Dandelion [Taraxacum agg.]

  • Daisy [Bellis perennis]

  • Dock [Rumex obtusifolius]

  • Dog Rose [Rosa cania]

  • Greater Plantain [Plantago major]

  • Ivy [Hedera helix]

  • Flowering Rush [Butomus umbellatus]

  • Lesser Spearwort [Ranunculus flammula]

  • Marsh Marigold [Caltha palustris]

  • Marsh Bedstraw [Galium palustre]

  • Marsh Foxtail [Alopecurus geniculatus]

  • Meadowsweet [Filipendula ulmaria]

  • Meadow Buttercup [Ranunculus acrisi]

  • Meadow Foxtail [Alopecurus pratensis]

  • Meadow Vetchling [Lathyrus pratensis]

  • Nettle [Urtica dioica]

  • Purple Loosetrife [Lythrum salicaria]

  • Ragged Robin [Lychnis flos cuculi]

  • Ragwort [Senecio spp.]

  • Reed Canary Grass [Phalaris arundinacea]

  • Reed Mace [Typha latifolia]

  • Sedge spp. [Carex spp.]

  • Silverweed [Potentilla anserina]

  • Soft Rush [Juncus effusus]

  • Sweet Vernal Grass [Anthoxanthum odoratum]

  • Tufted Hair Grass [Deschampsia cespitosa]

  • Water Forget-me-not [Myosotis scorpioides]

  • Wild Mint [Metha aquatic]

  • Willowherb [Epilobium spp.]

  • Yellow Flag Iris [Iris psuedacorus]

  • Yorkshire Fog [Holcus lanatusI]

FAUNA

Discover the range of Fauna in the images and list below that you may come across at the Lough Head Park.
Images supplied by I Herbert
Key to Birds
  • R = Resident
  • SV = Summer Visitor
  • WV = Winter Visitor
  • O = Occasional Visitor
  • Black Headed Gull (R) [Larus ridibundus]

  • Blackbird (R) [Turdus merula]

  • Blackcap (R) [Sylvia antricapilla]

  • Blue Tit (R) [Parus caeruleus]

  • Bullfinch (R) [Pyrrhula pyrrhula]

  • Buzzard (R) [Buteo buteo]

  • Chaffinch (R) [Fringilla coelebs]

  • Coal Tit (R) [Parus ater]

  • Coot (R) [Fulica atra]

  • Goldcrest (R) [Regulus regulus]

  • Goldfinch (R) [Carduelis carduelis]

  • Great Crested Grebe (R) [Podiceps cristatus]

  • Great Tit (R) [Parus major]

  • Greenfinch (R) [Carduelis chloris]

  • Dunnock (R) [Prunella modularis]

  • Hooded Crow (R) [Corvus corone cornix]

  • Lessor Redpoll (R) [Carduelis flammea]

  • Linnet (R) [Carduelis cannabina]

  • Little Grebe (R) [Tachybaptus ruficollis]

  • Long Tailed Tit (R) [Aegithalos caudatus]

  • Magpie (R) [Pica pica]

  • Mallard (R) [Anus platyrhinchos]

  • Mistle Thrush (R) [Turdus iliacus]

  • Mute Swan (R) [Cygnus olor]

  • Meadow Pipit (R) [Anthus pratensis]

  • Moorhen (R) [Gallinula chloropus]

  • Reed Bunting (R) [Emberiza schoeniclus]

  • Robin (R) [Erithacus rubecula]

  • Snipe (R) [Gallinago gallinago]

  • Song Thrush (R) [Turdus philomelos]

  • Sparrowhawk (R) [Accipiter nisus]

  • Starling (R) [Sturnus vulgaris]

  • Stonechat (R) [Saxicola torqata]

  • Tufted Duck (R) [Aythya fuigula]

  • Water Rail (R) [Rallus aquaticus]

  • Whooper Swan (R) [Cygnus cygnus]

  • Wood Pigeon (R) [Columba palumbus]

  • Wren (R) [Troglodytes troglodytes]

  • Curlew (O) [Numaenius arquata]

  • Grasshopper Warbler (O) [Locustella naevia]

  • Raven (O) [Corvus coraxI]

  • Siskin (O) [Carduelis spinus]

  • Chiffchaff (SV) [Phylloscopus collybita]

  • Garden Warbler (SV) [Sylvia borin]

  • House Martin (SV) [Delichon urbica]

  • Sedge Warbler (SV) [Acrocephalus schoenobaenus]

  • Swallow (SV) [Hirundo rustica]

  • Swift (SV) [Apus apus]

  • Willow Warbler (SV) [Phylloscopus trochilus]

  • Fieldfare (WV) [Turdus pilaris]

  • Gadwall (WV) [Anus strepera]

  • Pochard (WV) [Aythya farina]

  • Redwing (WV) [Turdus iliacus]

  • Shoveler (WV) [Anus clypeata]

  • Teal (WV) [Anus crecca]

  • Green veined White [Pieris napi]

  • Orange Tip [Anthocharis cardamines]

  • Peacock [Inachis io]

  • Small Tortoiseshell [Aglais urticae]