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

IE0000299

1.3 Site name

Lough Cutra SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

2003-03

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:2003-03
Date site confirmed as SCI: No data
Date site designated as SAC:2017-10
National legal reference of SAC designation:446/2017

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-8.788562
Latitude:53.031036

2.2 Area [ha]

658.5032

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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3.2 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.
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    95  95     
BA061Aythya fuligula    53  53     
BA067Bucephala clangula    31  31     
BA038Cygnus cygnus       
BA017Phalacrocorax carbo    34  34     
BA017Phalacrocorax carbo    20  20     
  • 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
Cygnus olor                 
  • 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
N0655.00
N075.00
N101.00
N1415.00
N162.00
N1921.00
N231.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Lough Cutra is a large oligo-mesotrophic lake lying on limestone but with much sediment washed down from the sandstone hills to the east (Slieve Aughty Mountains). The Owendalulleegh River is the main inflowing river. The shoreline is often stony or sandy, though in places it is peat fringed. Marginal wetland vegetation includes well-developed reed beds in sheltered bays, as well as localised patches of swamp and fen vegetation. Woodland occurs around much of the lake shore. Much of this is planted though wet woodland with native species is also represented. The lake has a number of islands, some of which are wooded. Lough Cutra Castle is included in the site as it supports hibernating bats. The winter bat roosts comprise a passageway underneath the Castle and a wine cellar. Parkland in the vicinity of the castle is included in the site for the benefit of the bats.

4.2 Quality and importance

The site supports an internationally important winter roost for Rhinolophus hipposideros. Maximum number recorded has been 93 individuals. Good quality foraging habitat surround the roost sites. The bats' summer roosting sites have not yet been established. Lough Cutra is a long-established breeding site for Phalacrocorax carbo. The colony is of regional importance though has been of national importance in the past. Lake supports wintering waterfowl, including Cygnus cygnus, though numbers are relatively low.

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]
MA10b
HA10.01b
HB02.02i
HB03i
HE06.02i
LH06.01i
MH06.02i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
HB01.01b
HB02.01.01i
LE01.03b
HE06.02i

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

Curtis, T.G.F. and Mc. Gough, N. (1981). A Survey of the Wetlands of the Fergus Catchment and Adjoining Areas. Unpublished report to the Forest and Wildlife Service, 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 1: Northern Europe. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International (BirdLife Conservation Series No. 8). Jennings O'Donovan & Partners and Southern Water Global (1997). An Investigation of the Flooding Problems in the Gort-Ardrahan Area of South Galway. Volumes 1 & 2. Unpublished report prepared for the Office of Public Works, Dublin. Lloyd, C. (1982). Inventory of Seabird Breeding Colonies in Republic of Ireland. Unpublished report, Forest and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Macdonald, R.A. (1987). The breeding population and distribution of the Cormorant in Ireland. Irish Birds 3: 405-416. O'Sullivan P. (1994). Bats in Ireland. Irish Naturalists' Journal Special Zoological Supplement, 21pp.

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.IE0000299
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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