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

IE0000190

1.3 Site name

Slieve Tooey/Tormore Island/Loughros Beg Bay SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

1999-03

1.5 Update date

2018-09

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: No data
National legal reference of SAC designation: No data

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-8.609500
Latitude:54.750600

2.2 Area [ha]

9431.4492

2.3 Marine area [%]

23.9790

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name
IE01Border, Midland and Western

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
1230  info      94.35  0.00 
2110  info      5.315  0.00 
2120  info      8.484  0.00 
2130  info  X     28  0.00 
2140  info      94.35  0.00 
2150  info      13.141  0.00 
4060  info      94.35  0.00 
7130  info  X     3302.42  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.
BA200Alca torda    500  500     
BA098Falco columbarius     
BA103Falco peregrinus     
BA204Fratercula arctica    500  500     
BA009Fulmarus glacialis    250  250   
M1364Halichoerus grypus    300  400     
BA184Larus argentatus    79  79   
M1355Lutra lutra           
BA018Phalacrocorax aristotelis    36  36   
BA346Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax    13  13   
BA188Rissa tridactyla    1000  1000   
BA282Turdus torquatus     
BA199Uria aalge    845  845     
I1014Vertigo angustior           
  • 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
Pilularia globulifera                   
Saxifraga oppositifolia                   
  • 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
N0116.00
N023.00
N031.00
N043.00
N055.00
N062.00
N0726.00
N0835.00
N104.00
N161.00
N223.00
N231.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

This large coastal/upland site is situated west of Ardara village, Co. Donegal. Approximately 50% of the site lies above an altitude of 200 metres giving it a truly montane feel. The dominant rock type within the site is resistant and unyielding quartzite with small areas of schist and gneiss in the lower intervening valleys. The most extensive habitats within the site are blanket bog, heath, open marine areas and sea-cliff with smaller areas of additional habitats including upland wet grassland, oligotrophic lake, sand-dune, salt-marsh and decalcified dune heath. The Slieve Tooey plateau is one of the largest (c. 2,500 km sq.) remaining areas of unafforested upland in the country and must be considered to be one of the best remaining unbroken expanses of wilderness.

4.2 Quality and importance

An excellent diversity of coastal and upland habitats are present at this remote and largely undisturbed site. Vegetated sea cliffs are very well represented, extending for approximately 16 km and reaching over 200 m in height. Of particular note are the very good examples of decalcified fixed dunes, with lesser amounts of fixed dunes with Empetrum nigrum. There are extensive areas of both lowland and upland blanket bog, parts of which are of good quality. Alpine heath, with characteristic species such as Juniperus communis subsp. nana and Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, occurs on shallow peat in the more exposed areas. The legally protected plant Pilularia globulifera occurs, as does the Red Data Book species Saxifraga oppositifolia. The rugged site provides habitat for Falco peregrinus, Falco columbarius and an important population of Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax. The extensive cliffs, especially at Tormore, support seabird colonies, including auks. An important herd of Halichoeris grypus breeds, probably the third largest in the country. Lutra lutra is resident within the site. A population of Vertigo angustior was discovered at Glen Bay dunes in 2000.

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]
LA02.02i
MA04.01.02i
MA04.03i
LA05.02i
MC01.01.01i
LC01.03.01i
MC01.03.02i
LE03.01i
LG01.03.02i
LG05.09i
MJ01.01i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LXi

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

Berrow, S.D., Mackie, K.L., O. Sullivan, O., Shepperd, K.B., Mellon, C, Coveney, J.A. (1993). The second International Chough Survey in Ireland, 1992. Irish Birds 5: 1-10. Conaghan, J. (1998). A Survey of Rare Plant Species in County Donegal. Volume A: Protected and Threatened Species. A Report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dúchas. Curtis, T.G.F. (1991). An inventory of sand-dunes in Ireland. In: A Guide to the Sand Dunes of Ireland (edited by M.B. Quigley). Fodhla Printing Company Ltd., Dublin. Curtis, T.G.F and McGough, H.N. (1988). The Irish Red Data Book. 1 - Vascular Plants. The Stationery Office, Dublin. Douglas, C., Dunnels, D. Scally, L. and Wyse Jackson, M.B. (1990). A survey to locate Lowland-Highland Blanket Bogs of Scientific Interest in Counties Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Roscommon. Unpublished Report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Gallagher, K.A., Wheeler, A.J. and Orford, J.D. (1996). An assessment of the heavy metal pollution of two tidal marshes on the north-west coast of Ireland. Biology and the Environment, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 96B: 177-188. Hart, H.C. (1898). Flora of County Donegal. Dublin. Hunt, J., Derwin, J., Coveney, J. and Newton, S. (2000). Republic of Ireland. pp. 365-416 in Heath, M.F. and Evans, M.I. (eds). Important Bird Areas in Europe: Priority sites for conservation I: Northern Europe. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International (BirdLife Conservation Series No. 8). Lockley, R.M. (1966). The distribution of grey and common seals on the coasts of Ireland. Irish Naturalists' Journal 15: 136-143. Lloyd, C. (1982). Inventory of Seabird Breeding Colonies in the Republic of Ireland. Unpublished Report to the Wildlife Service, Dublin. Mooney, E. and Goodwilllie, R. (1991). Mountain Blanket Bog Survey, 1991. Unpublished Draft Report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Moorkens, E.A. (2001). An Inventory of Mollusca in Potential SAC Sites, with Special Reference to Vertigo Species, 2000 Survey. A report for Duchas the Heritage Service, National Parks and Wildlife. Unpublished. Praeger, R.L (1934). The Botanist in Ireland. Hodges, Figgis, Dublin. Summers, C.F. (1983). The Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus in Ireland. A report to the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Wildlife, Dublin.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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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.IE0000190
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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