Ring Of Gullion AONB

Ring Of Gullion AONB

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Ring Of Gullion AONB
Crossmaglen Community Centre, O’Fiaich Square,, Crossmaglen, United Kingdom

This is the official Facebook page for The Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it is managed by representatives at Newry and Mourne District Council. Visit our website here www.ringofgullion.org There are five paid staff working on the Ring of Gullion AONB and LPS. All five staff are employed by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The main funders are The National Lottery through its Heritage Lottery Fund, Northern Ireland Environment Agency through its Natural Environment Fund and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. There are a vast array of smaller funders that contribute to smaller projects and they are acknowledged throughout our website where appropriate. The Ring of Gullion Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) stretches to 15, 329ha and is one of nine AONB’s in Northern Ireland. It was designated in 1991 under the Nature Conservation and Amenity Lands (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 which formally recognises that Slieve Gullion, its surrounding farmland and ring of hills, is a landscape of national importance. The purpose of designation is to protect and enhance the environmental qualities of the area, both for the benefit of those people living in the area and for visitors who some to see and enjoy its natural beauty. The Ring of Gullion is regarded as the finest expression of a ring dyke in Britain and Ireland and was the first ring dyke in the world to be geologically mapped. The heather clad bulk of Slieve Gullion mountain lies at the centre of the AONB, which takes its name from the encircling ring of lower rugged hills. Rich wildlife habitats of heath, bog and woodland contrast with the neatly patterned fields and ladder farms. Slieve Gullion's reputation as Ireland's mountain of mystery arises from its rich associations with Irish legends and myths.


 
 
 
 
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