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Location County Mayo, Ireland
Area 981 acres (3.97 km2)
Governing body National Parks and Wildlife Service
Designated: 1 June 1987
Reference #: 371

Owenboy is a national nature reserve and Ramsar site of approximately 981 acres (3.97 km2) in County Mayo.


Owenboy was legally protected as a national nature reserve by the Irish government in 1986. In 1987, the site was also declared Ramsar site number 371.

The reserve contains an extensive lowland intermediate bog in a broad basin, with some low domes which resemble raised bog. There are also numerous pools, flushes, subterranean and surface streams, swallowholes, and spring-fed fens. A rare species of moss has been recorded on the site. The Greenland white-fronted goose uses the area as a winter feeding site.

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