An Taisce has recently taken ownership of the former grouse shooting estate owned by Paddy Rossmore (the current Lord Rossmore). The land extends for over 2,200 acres in County Monaghan and into County Tyrone (see map below). 

It comprises the unenclosed upland heathland area of Sliabh Beagh, which is the highest point in Monaghan and designated as a European Natura 2000 site for its ecological value on both sides of the border. The site supports one of the best blanket bog habitats in Ireland as well highly protected bird species such as the Hen Harrier. Heathers, bog asphodel, bilberry, bog cotton and a range of mosses can be found throughout the site. This rich heathland habitat also supports red grouse, hares, rabbits, buzzards, Golden Plover, and skylarks, among others. 

The lands form part of the Sliabh Beagh Special Protection Area (SPA), an EU-designated site for the protection of Hen Harrier. The lands are also designated as a Natural Heritage Area under the Wildlife Act 1976. The site is currently part of the EU-funded Collaborative Action for Natura Networks and the Department of Agriculture funded Hen Harrier conservation programme.

In accepting the generation donation of this site, An Taisce will ensure its ongoing appropriate protection and management, while working with the local community and promoting cross-border nature conservation, education and awareness.

Map of the An Taisce lands at Sliabh Beagh, Counties Monaghan and Tyrone