Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve

Kilmore Quay , Co. Wexford

Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve
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About Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve

Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve in Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford.

Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve site is of international importance because of its range of physical features,such as sand dunes, dune slacks, mudflats and salt marshes. Established in 1987. It is State owned.

Animals and Plants of Interest:
Fixed dunes occupy the central ridge of the Burrow, where they are well developed and botanically species-rich. The vegetation is predominantly low growing and contains species such as Restharrow, Common Centaury, Wild Thyme, Kidney Vetch and Birds-foot Trefoil. As the distance from the shore increases, the dunes continue to stabilise, vegetate and mature. Rain leaches calcium from the soil, causing it to become more acidic. Such an acid area is called a heath and has its own associated vegetation. Marram grass is a keystone species of sand dunes, with many other species dependent on its presence to stabilise the dune ecosystem and enable them to survive. Some fo the rarer dune plants found at Ballyteige include Spring Vetch, Birds-foot, Sea Pea and Henbane.

The site supports four protected plant species; Wild Asparagus, Perennial Glasswort (for which this reserve is Ireland's main location), Borrer's Saltmarsh Grass and Lesser Centaury. The rare lichen, Fulgensia fulgens, is found on the site at its only location in Ireland.

The estuary behind the dunes attracts large numbers of overwintering birds including internationally significant numbers of Golden Plover, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwits, Pale-bellied Brent Geese (see photo).

The mudflats provide a rich feeding ground for waders and the saltmarsh grasses provide grazing for geese, ducks and swans.

Access:Public access is limited and requires a long walk from the public road using private lanes. Alternatively, there is public access to the beach at Kilmore Quay, walkways at the Cull are signposted as part of the Sli Charman (Wexford Coastal Path).

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