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

IE0000242

1.3 Site name

Castletaylor Complex SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

1996-10

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:1997-11
Date site confirmed as SCI: No data
Date site designated as SAC:2018-02
National legal reference of SAC designation:73/2108

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-8.817181
Latitude:53.185440

2.2 Area [ha]

143.4303

2.3 Marine area [%]

0.0000

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
3180  info      29.12  0.00 
4060  info      8.74  0.00 
5130  info      8.74  0.00 
6210  info  X     11.65  0.00 
8240  info      11.65  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.
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    130  130     
BA142Vanellus vanellus       
  • 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
Equisetum variegatum                   
Frangula alnus                   
Gentiana verna                   
Neotinea maculata                   
  • 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
N0620.00
N0816.00
N098.00
N101.00
N141.00
N1640.00
N205.00
N228.00
N231.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Situated c.4km south-east of Kilcolgan and set on undulating limestone topography, this site comprises a range of habitats in a relatively small area. The western half of the site is dominated by Caranavoodaun turlough but also has good examples of heaths, calcareous grassland and limestone pavement. The eastern half is dominated by dry broad-leaved woodland and scrub. The surrounding lands are mostly of low to moderate intensity pasture, with some afforestation immediately to the south. The turlough has no significant wintering bird populations because of the nutrient-poor conditions.

4.2 Quality and importance

Site contains an excellent example of an extreme oligotrophic turlough and good examples of Dryas and Juniperus heaths, calcareous grassland and some limestone pavement. The transition from the wetland to the surrounding habitats is particularly well shown. A range of scarce plants occur, including Frangula alnus, a Red Data species, as well as typical Burren species such as Gentiana verna. The site also has breeding Vanellus vanellus. The diversity of specialised habitats, all in good quality, in a relatively small area makes this site of particular importance.

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]
MA04.01.01i
HA10.01i
LB01o
MH01.08o
MH02.06b
HJ02.01i
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

Colhoun, K. (1998). IWeBS Report 1997-98: Results of the Third Winter of the Irish Wetlands Bird Survey. IWC BirdWatch Ireland, Dublin. Coxon, C. (1986). A Study of the Hydrology and Geomorphology of Turloughs. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis. Trinity College Dublin. Goodwillie, R. (1992). Turloughs Over 10ha. Vegetation Survey and Evaluation. Unpublished report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Madden, B. and Heery, S. (1999). Census of Wintering Wetland Birds in South Galway (Gort-Ardrahan Catchment) Winter 1998/99. Internal Report prepared for Dúchas the Heritage Service (National Parks and Wildlife). Praeger, R.L. (1934). The Botanist in Ireland. Hodges Figgis, Dublin. Southern Water Global Ltd. and Jennings O'Donovan and Partners (1997). An Investigation of the Flooding Problems in the Gort - Ardrahan Area of South Galway. Vols. I and II. Internal Report prepared for Dúchas the Heritage Service (National Parks and Wildlife) and for The Office of Public Works.

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.IE0000242
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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