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Our Limestone Heritage (2008)

Published by the Irish Wildlife Trust with support from the Heritage Council. Ireland is home to extensive areas of ice-scoured limestone pavement; a rare and endangered habitat. The bare expanses of limestone, now criss-crossed by deep fissures, date back to glacial times. Within the island of Ireland there is estimated to be 36,300 hectares of limestone pavement. Most is found in Counties Clare and Galway, with the most southerly outcrop in Killarney National Park and the most northerly area in Ballintra in County Donegal. In Northern Ireland limestone pavement is restricted to west Fermanagh.

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