THE FAUGHAN VALLEY

The Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme covers an area of 170 square kilometres (nearly 17,000 hectares). The proposed area extends from the foothills of the North Sperrins along the River Faughan to the outskirts of the city of Derry-Londonderry. Within the area, there are a variety of landscape patterns, creating a unique environment that represents a mosaic of habitat type and species diversity as well as archaeological and historical features. The river and its hinterland form the basis of the partnership area. The different communities of Park, Claudy and Eglinton have all evolved around the river and its tributaries.
In a Northern Ireland and even European context this is a hugely significant area. The River Faughan has been designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area for Conservation. It is one of the best salmon rivers in Europe. Associated ancient woodlands - Ervey, Ness and Bonds Glen - are all Areas of Special Scientific Interest and the Oaks and Killaloo woods are designated Local Nature Reserves. With ancient woodland covering only 0.08 per cent of the Northern Ireland landscape, these areas form hugely important wildlife reservoirs. Parts of the Valley, including the Sperrins, are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is also rich in archaeological and historic sites of both local and regional significance.
The character of the countryside - with its distinctive patchwork of fields, settlements, woodland and moorland – is an important part of our heritage.
 

Natural heritage in the Faughan Valley

Built and cultural heritage in the Faughan Valley

The Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme covers an area of 170 square kilometres (nearly 17,000 hectares). The proposed area extends from the foothills of the North Sperrins along the River Faughan to the outskirts of the city of Derry-Londonderry. Within the area, there are a variety of landscape patterns, creating a unique environment that represents a mosaic of habitat type and species diversity as well as archaeological and historical features. The river and its hinterland form the basis of the partnership area. The different communities of Park, Claudy and Eglinton have all evolved around the river and its tributaries.
In a Northern Ireland and even European context this is a hugely significant area. The River Faughan has been designated an Area of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area for Conservation. It is one of the best salmon rivers in Europe. Associated ancient woodlands - Ervey, Ness and Bonds Glen - are all Areas of Special Scientific Interest and the Oaks and Killaloo woods are designated Local Nature Reserves. With ancient woodland covering only 0.08 per cent of the Northern Ireland landscape, these areas form hugely important wildlife reservoirs. Parts of the Valley, including the Sperrins, are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The area is also rich in archaeological and historic sites of both local and regional significance.
The character of the countryside - with its distinctive patchwork of fields, settlements, woodland and moorland – is an important part of our heritage.
 

Natural heritage in the Faughan Valley

Built and cultural heritage in the Faughan Valley