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Nature & Wildlffe, Wild about Louth

Louth contains numerous natural assets including an extensive coastline stretching from Carlingford Lough to the Boyne Estuary, marine environments, wetlands, woodlands, rivers and upland habitats.


Together, these support a rich variety of plant and animal species. The county is an important destination for wildlife, with Dundalk Bay being the top internationally important location for migratory wading birds in Ireland.


An area equivalent to more than a seventh of the county, including marine and tidal areas, such as the Boyne Estuary, is designated under Irish and European legislation for wildlife protection. In addition some of the upland areas in the Cooley peninsula are recognised as being some of the most beautiful and unspoilt in the country.

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