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Site Information: Hillsborough

Sponsoring organisation(s)

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute

Network(s) this site belongs to
UK Environmental Change Network
UK Environmental Change Biodiversity Network

Site characteristics

Min Altitude 110m

Site boundaries are indicated with a black line.
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Max Altitude 170m
Area of Site 400ha
Mean annual temperature* 9.2oC
Mean annual rainfall* 1071mm
* calculated from the ECN Data Centre database
Information held about this site
View a list of datasets collected at this site
View a list of publications about this site


A lowland grassland site situated at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Co. Down, Northern Ireland and representative of grassland in much of the north-western United Kingdom. There are several long-term experiments, for example on slurry application and nitrogen cycling on grazed plots receiving different levels of nitrogen input. A large part of the site used for the biological aspects of ECN monitoring is estate woodland (Hillsborough Forest) consisting of mature mixed woodland and conifer plantation. Many of the vegetation plots are located within this forested area, as are sections of the butterfly, carabid beetle, spider and bird transects.

Mel Flexen, AFBINI


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Colm McKenna

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute
Newforge Lane, Belfast, BT9 5PX

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