Database release:
SDF
NATURA 2000 - STANDARD DATA FORM

For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. SITE IDENTIFICATION

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1.1 Type

B

1.2 Site code

IE0000077

1.3 Site name

Ballymacoda (Clonpriest and Pillmore) SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

1999-12

1.5 Update date

2019-01

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Address:               
Email:datadelivery@chg.gov.ie
Date site proposed as SCI:2002-01
Date site confirmed as SCI: No data
Date site designated as SAC:2017-12
National legal reference of SAC designation:612/2017

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-7.906698
Latitude:51.904700

2.2 Area [ha]

494.8236

2.3 Marine area [%]

67.7140

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name
IE02Southern and Eastern

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Atlantic (0.00 %)

3. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

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3.1 Habitat types present on the site and assessment for them

Annex I Habitat types Site assessment
Code PF NP Cover [ha] Cave [number] Data quality A|B|C|D A|B|C
      RepresentativityRelative SurfaceConservationGlobal
1130  info      160.151  0.00 
1140  info      301.847  0.00 
1310  info      1.569  0.00 
1330  info      28.4646  0.00 
1410  info      25.39  0.00 
  • PF: for the habitat types that can have a non-priority as well as a priority form (6210, 7130, 9430) enter "X" in the column PF to indicate the priority form.
  • NP: in case that a habitat type no longer exists in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Cover: decimal values can be entered
  • Caves: for habitat types 8310, 8330 (caves) enter the number of caves if estimated surface is not available.
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation)

3.2 Species referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC and listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC and site evaluation for them

Species Population in the site Site assessment
G Code Scientific Name S NP T Size Unit Cat. D.qual. A|B|C|D A|B|C
      MinMax  Pop.Con.Iso.Glo.
BA056Anas clypeata    29  29     
BA052Anas crecca    688  688     
BA050Anas penelope    933  933     
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    57  57     
BA169Arenaria interpres    144  144     
BA046Branta bernicla    60  60     
BA144Calidris alba    108  108     
BA149Calidris alpina    3373  3373     
BA143Calidris canutus    280  280     
BA137Charadrius hiaticula    163  163     
BA130Haematopus ostralegus    423  423     
BA157Limosa lapponica    494  494     
BA156Limosa limosa    422  422     
BA070Mergus merganser    10  10     
BA160Numenius arquata    1378  1378     
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    9100  9100     
BA141Pluvialis squatarola    504  504     
BA048Tadorna tadorna    82  82     
BA164Tringa nebularia    13  13     
BA162Tringa totanus    300  300     
BA142Vanellus vanellus    3800  3800     
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, I = Invertebrates, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Type: p = permanent, r = reproducing, c = concentration, w = wintering (for plant and non-migratory species use permanent)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the Standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting (see reference portal)
  • Abundance categories (Cat.): C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present - to fill if data are deficient (DD) or in addition to population size information
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation); VP = 'Very poor' (use this category only, if not even a rough estimation of the population size can be made, in this case the fields for population size can remain empty, but the field "Abundance categories" has to be filled in)

3.3 Other important species of flora and fauna (optional)

Species

Population in the site

Motivation

Group CODE Scientific Name S NP Size Unit Cat. Species Annex Other categories
     MinMax C|R|V|PIVVABCD
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, Fu = Fungi, I = Invertebrates, L = Lichens, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • CODE: for Birds, Annex IV and V species the code as provided in the reference portal should be used in addition to the scientific name
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting, (see reference portal)
  • Cat.: Abundance categories: C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present
  • Motivation categories: IV, V: Annex Species (Habitats Directive), A: National Red List data; B: Endemics; C: International Conventions; D: other reasons

4. SITE DESCRIPTION

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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover
N0277.00
N036.00
N043.00
N051.00
N071.00
N102.00
N1410.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

This site comprises the estuary of the Womanagh River, a substantial river which drains a large agricultural catchment. The site includes part of the tidal section of the river and extends out to the low tide mark. The inner part of the estuary is well sheltered by a stabilised sandy peninsula (Ring peninsula). Sediment types vary from muds and muddy sands in the inner part to fine rippled sands in the outer exposed part. The main channel is flanked by salt marshes and wet fields, much of the latter being partly improved for agriculture. Usage of the site is low, mainly comprising grazing in the grass fields and low level recreation on the sandy beaches.

4.2 Quality and importance

This is a fine example of a relatively small estuarine system. Intertidal flats are well represented, with a good diversity of macro-invertebrate species and range of intertidal biotopes. Atlantic salt meadows are particularly well-developed and currently extending in parts of site. Salicornia and other annuals of intertidal sand and mud flats also occur. The quality of habitats on the site is good though pollutants from surrounding agricultural catchment undoubtedly enter site. The site is very important for wintering waterfowl, with over 20,000 birds occurring at times. 11 species occur in numbers of national importance, including Pluvialis apricaria (one of largest populations in the country) and Limosa lapponica. The ornithology of the site has been well studied.

4.3 Threats, pressures and activities with impacts on the site

The most important impacts and activities with high effect on the site

Negative Impacts
RankThreats and pressures [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MA04o
MA04i
MA08o
MA08i
ME01.03o
MF02.03i
LF02.03.01i
MF03.01i
LF03.02i
MG01.02i
MG02.07i
MI01i
LK02.03i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MA04o
ME01.03o
MF02.03i

Rank: H = high, M = medium, L = low
Pollution: N = Nitrogen input, P = Phosphor/Phosphate input, A = Acid input/acidification,
T = toxic inorganic chemicals, O = toxic organic chemicals, X = Mixed pollutions
i = inside, o = outside, b = both

4.5 Documentation

Bowman, J.J., Clabby, K.J., Lucey, J., McGarrigle, M. and Toner, P. (1996). Water Quality in Ireland 1991-1994. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. Colhoun, K. (1998). I-WeBS Report (1996-97). BirdWatch Ireland, Dublin. Curtis, T.G.F. and Sheehy Skeffington, M.J. (1998). The salt marshes of Ireland: an inventory and account of their geographical variation. Biology and Environment, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 98B: 87-104. Curtis, T.G.F. (1991). A site inventory of the sandy coasts of Ireland. In Quigley, M.B. (ed.) A Guide to the Sand Dunes of Ireland. E.U.C.C., Dublin. Falvey, J.P., Costello, M.J. and Dempsey, S. (1997). Survey of Intertidal Biotopes in Estuaries in Ireland. Unpublished report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Goodwillie, R. (1986). Areas of Scientific Interest in Co. Cork. Report compiled for Cork County Council. Hutchinson, C.D. (1979). Irelands Wetlands and their Birds. I.W.C., Dublin. Merne, O.J. (1989). Important Bird Areas in Ireland. In: Grimmett, R.F.A. and Jones, T.A. (eds). Important Bird Areas in Europe. ICBP Technical Publication No. 9, Cambridge. Nairn, R.G.W. (1986). Spartina anglica in Ireland and its potential impact on wildfowl and waders - a review. Irish Birds 3: 215-228. Sheppard, R. (1993). Irelands Wetland Wealth. I.W.C., Dublin. Smiddy, P. (1992). The waterfowl of Ballymacoda, Co. Cork. Irish Birds 4: 525-548. Smiddy, P. (1998). The Distribution of Wetland Birds at Ballymacoda, Co. Cork: a Preliminary Report, 1971-88. Unpublished report. Dúchas the Heritage Service, Dublin.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
Ballymacoda0.00

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Ballymacoda0.00

6. SITE MANAGEMENT

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6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

Yes
No, but in preparation
X
No

 

7. MAP OF THE SITE

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INSPIRE ID:IE.NPWS.PS.NATURA2000.SAC.IE0000077
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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