Flushes and springs Habitats

Flushes and springs are areas of shallow flowing water on gentle slopes often within bogs, heaths and limestone areas. Heathland flushes are characterised by mosses, small sedges and the Black Bog Rush Schoenus nigricans.

Limestone springs are characterised by charophytes. The Keeled Skimmer Orthetrum coerulescens, the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura pumilio and the Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula are characteristic of such habitats. In Northern Ireland the Keeled Skimmer prefers areas that are south facing. The Large Red Damselfly is mostly found around acid springs and the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly prefers areas that are disturbed by grazing etc. creating small, temporary areas of shallow, open water.

Nelson, B., Thompson, R. & Morrow, C., 2000 (October 3). [In] DragonflyIreland http://www.ulstermuseum.org.uk/dragonflyireland/

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