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Situated on the Dunkellin river, west of Craughwell in south-west Galway, this is the last large turlough (karst lake) remaining in Ireland. The site comprises marshes, seasonally flooded wet meadows, with limestone outcrops and scrub at its margins. In the summer the site is grazed by cattle and sheep.
This is an important site for wintering waterfowl. Species wintering in nationally important numbers include Anser albifrons flavirostris (139 birds, 1995) and Anas penelope (5,570 birds, 1996).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rahasane turlough. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/07/2020.