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Newry/Clanrye River

This catchment is found in Newry and Mourne, the third largest council area in Northern Ireland, covering a total of 902 km2. The Newry catchment, and the city of Newry, lie between two designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs): the Mountains of Mourne in south Down and the Ring of Gullion in south Armagh. The Newry and Mourne area includes various internationally designated sites: two Ramsar sites, four Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and one Special Protection Area (SPA).


Habitats selected for priority action in Newry and Mourne include several habitats impacted by invasive non-native riparian plants. These habitats include wetlands (lakes, rivers, fens and reedbeds), woodland (including wet woodlands), and urban habitats and gardens. Species selected for priority action include brown trout and salmon, otter, Irish damselfly, and Daubenton's bat, which forages along rivers.

The Newry/Clanrye Catchment

Invasive Plant Distribution in the Newry catchment - 2011 update

In the Newry catchment, a major proportion of the distribution of all four of the target invasive plant species was found on the Newry Canal and Newry River. Giant Hogweed was found on the Bessbrook River starting at the Craigmore viaduct and continuing downstream towards Newry. This invasive plant was also found on the Newry Canal and Newry River from Carnbane Industrial Estate to the south side of the city. Himalayan Balsam was located on the Cusher River near Tandragee, beginning at Clare Glen and continuing downstream on the river and then along the Canal. Japanese Knotweed, which was the least abundant of the target invasives in this catchment, was distributed around Newry, Bessbrook and Camlough.


Giant Hogweed
Himalayan Balsam

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