The Gearagh Nature Reserve, Cork

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Cork
  • DistanceInstructions
  • Distance20.17 km
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0.0 km/h
  • Min altitude61 m
  • Peak78 m
  • Climb75 m
  • Descent74 m

The Gearagh Nature Reserve near the town of Macroom in County Cork, Ireland is the largest area of alluvial woodland in Ireland. It consists of a network of narrow channels separating small islands which are covered in oak, ash, hazel and hawthorn and abundant with wildlife, birds and the aromatic wild garlic in the spring. Bird watching is very popular in the area.  The area is subject to frequent flooding and can be dangerous and difficult to access at times.

The Gearagh gets its name from 'En Gaorthadh', the wooded river. It is a unique place of streams, river channels and small islands which was formed in a basin in the Lee valley at the end of the last Ice Age.

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