The terrestrial habitats of the lakeshore are very varied and provide an extremely rich diversity of flora and fauna. Some have been the subject of detailed study, (especially the woodlands), while others remain undescribed in any detail. Three of the habitats are of importance at the European level, being listed under the Habitats Directive: Cladium fen, alkaline fen and limestone pavement.
There are some aspects of the information on the lake and its surroundings which overlap between different sections of this website. We have arbitrarily placed these aspects in the section which we feel is most appropriate.
Lough Carra features in all of the following publication links.
NPWS Irish Wildlife Manual No 43. The Development of Methodologies to Assess the Conservation Status of Limestone Pavement and Associated Habitats in Ireland by Sue Murphy and Fernando Fernandez Valverde. 2009