Research and Further Information


To find out what research is being undertaken at Sheskinmore Lough, how and why it’s being done, or simply to find out more information about the site and those associated with it, click on the following links:

Conservation information and legislation:

NPWS Conservation objectives for Sheskinmore Lough SPA [004090]

NPWS Conservation objectives for West of Ardara/Maas Road SAC 000197

NPWS Sheskinmore Lough Nature Reserve

Birdwatch Ireland Sheskinmore Lough Reserve Details

Birdwatch Ireland Important Bird Areas of Ireland Report

European Environment Agency (EEA) Sheskinmore Lough Factsheet


Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) Interactive Map

Scientific Research:

Arroyo J, Bolger T 2011. The mite (Arachnida: Acari) fauna inhabiting Irish machair: a European Union priority coastal habitat. Journal of Coastal Conservation 15(1): 181-194.

Barrett-Mold C, Burningham H and French JR 2009. Stratigraphic insights from sedimentary peels of littoral estuarine depositional systems. Journal of Coastal Research SI56, 584 – 588. Lisbon, Portugal, ISSN 0749-0258.

Barrett-Mold C, Burningham H 2010. Contrasting ecology of prograding coastal dunes on the northwest coast of Ireland. Journal of Coastal Conservation 14(2), 81-90.

Burningham H 2002. Meso-scale morphological changes in the Loughros More estuary. Proceedings of Littoral 2002: The Changing Coast 3, 265-270.

Burningham H, Cooper JAG 2004. Morphology and historical evolution of north-east Atlantic coastal deposits: The west Donegal estuaries, north-west Ireland. Journal of Coastal Research SI41, 148-159.

Burningham H 2008. Contrasting geomorphic response to structural control: The Loughros estuaries, northwest Ireland. Geomorphology 97(3-4), 300-320.

Knight J, Burningham H 2011. Sand dune morphodynamics and prehistoric human occupation in NW Ireland. In Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S., Butzer, A.K.W., Basell, L.S., Butzer, K.W. (Eds.). Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, Sustainability, Geological Society of America 476, 81-92.

Lavery TA 1993. A review of the distribution, ecology and status of the marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia Rottemburg, 1775 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in Ireland. The Irish Naturalists’ Journal, 24 (5), 192-199.

McLoughlin D, Benson C, Williams B, Cotton D 2010.  The movement patterns of two populations of Twite Carduelis flavirostris in Ireland.  Ringing & Migration 25(1): 15-21.

Mitchell D 2009. Survey of the Grassland Fungi of the Vice County of West Donegal. The Heritage Council, Kilkenny; 175pp.

Molyneux Hutton 2000. Evidence for significant granite space creation by the ballooning mechanism: The example of the Ardara pluton, Ireland. Bulletin of the Geological Society of America 112(10): 1543-1558.

Pilgrim EM, Von Dohlen CD 2007. Molecular and Morphological Study of Species-Level Questions Within the Dragonfly Genus Sympetrum (Odonata: Libellulidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 100(5): 688-702.

Ruttledge RF, Hall Watt R 1958. The Distribution and Status of Wild Geese in Ireland. Bird Study 5(1): 22-33. 

Ruttledge RF 1961. The breeding-range and status of the Redshank in Western Ireland. Bird Study 8(1): 2-5. 

Shaw J, Carter RWG 1994. Coastal peats from northwest Ireland: implications for late-Holocene relative sea-level change and shoreline evolution. Boreas 23(1): 74-91.


UCL Research at Sheskinmore and in west Donegal