Conservation Management Plan – Black Pig’s Dyke at Scotshouse

Have your Say on a Conservation Management Plan for Black Pigs Dyke, Scotshouse, County Monaghan

Public Consultation – Wednesday 12 January to Wednesday 26 January 2022.

Monaghan County Council would like to invite members of the public to respond to a public consultation survey informing a Conservation Management Plan for the Black Pig’s Dyke near Scotshouse.

The Black Pig’s Dyke, also known as the Black Pig’s Race and the Worm Ditch, is an extensive linear earthwork dating back to the Iron Age.  One well preserved section of the Dyke at Aghareagh West near Scotshouse was taken over by Monaghan County Council in 1976.  Under the Council’s care, a number of archaeological investigations have been carried out to learn more about the monument, as well as the recently discovered bronze age settlement nearby.

Monaghan County Council has therefore commissioned a Conservation Management Plan to assess the heritage significance of the dyke in this location and to identify a series of measures by which its heritage can be better conserved, protected and interpreted.  These will culminate in a prioritised action plan of projects for implementation as funding becomes available.  The project will help inform the conversation of the wider lengths of the Dyke elsewhere in the County.

Please follow this link to complete the online survey and have your say about the Black Pig’s Dyke.   Comments and suggestions from the public will be gratefully received and used to directly inform the development of the plan.

Start the Survey

If you have any queries on the above, please email Dympna Condra, Tourism Officer, Monaghan County Council on

We would like to acknowledge the assistance of Monaghan Local Action Group (LAG), Monaghan Integrated Development CLG, Monaghan County Council, the Minister and Department of Rural and Community Development and ‘The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas’ in funding this project.