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Barna wood is located on the western edge of Galway city, close to the highly populated Knocknacarra suburb. It is a real hotspot of nature in an otherwise built up area. The woods provides a valuable amenity resource for the residents of the surrounding areas as well as visitors to the region. Barna wood has a particularly high ecological value because it is linked to other habitats of high conservation importance on an international scale. This conservation area covers a wide area and encompasses marine and coastal habitats as well as the mixed broadleaved wood at Barna.The wood is classified as mixed broadleaved and non-native species. Beech and sycamore are widespread and were probably planted as part of the Barna Demesne. Oak is also frequent throughout and an understorey of holly is a feature of parts of the wood. The wood has some interesting archaeological features such as a holy well and mass rock.

Image credits:
By Trish Steel, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Photo by The Galway Cow / CC BY


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