Friday, August 28, 2020

Ballycroy National Park has been given star treatment by the renowned National Geographic magazine.

A national park based in northwest Mayo has featured in the latest edition of National Geographic, one of the world’s most respected magazines, known for its thick square-bound glossy format with a yellow rectangular border and which contains articles about science, geography, history and world culture.

Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park/Mayo Dark Sky Park features in the magazine’s list of ‘Complete National Parks of Europe’, which includes 460 specially selected sites across Europe.

Wild Nephin, which is Ireland’s newest national park and first International Dark Sky Park, is described by National Geographic as “An Atlantic blanket bog hosting a rich tapestry of wildlife habitats.” National Geographic then goes into detail about the various flora and fauna within the 11,000 hectare site including the rarer flora such as the ivy-leaved bellflower

They also highlight the Owenduff Bog section of Wild Nephin.

“Of particular interest is the Owenduff Bog, one of the last intact active blanket bog systems in western Europe, enriched by up to 80 inches of rainfall a year. Many plants thrive within this wet bog habitat, painting the landscape from nature’s rich palette.”

The National Geographic article also features the astrophotography of local photographer Brian Wilson

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