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

IE0001090

1.3 Site name

Ballyness Bay SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

1999-07

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:1999-07
Date site confirmed as SCI: No data
Date site designated as SAC:2018-10
National legal reference of SAC designation:416/2018

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-8.133739
Latitude:55.148725

2.2 Area [ha]

1235.3051

2.3 Marine area [%]

64.8250

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
1130  info      15.9588  0.00 
1140  info      691.81  0.00 
2110  info      7.0678  0.00 
2120  info      23.1365  0.00 
2130  info      187.987  0.00 
2190  info      13.8664  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.
BA050Anas penelope    47  47     
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    28  28     
BA046Branta bernicla    85  85     
BA144Calidris alba    47  47     
BA149Calidris alpina    132  132     
BA137Charadrius hiaticula    110  110     
BA130Haematopus ostralegus    83  83     
BA070Mergus merganser    12  12     
BA160Numenius arquata    55  55     
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    165  165     
BA141Pluvialis squatarola       
BA164Tringa nebularia       
I1013Vertigo geyeri           
  • 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
Lepus timidus hibernicus                     
Lepus timidus hibernicus                     
Lepus timidus hibernicus                     
Rana temporaria                     
Rana temporaria                     
  • 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
N0260.00
N031.00
N0433.00
N051.00
N082.00
N091.00
N101.00
N221.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

The site is situated on the north-west coast of Donegal, near the towns of Falcarragh and Gortahork. The underlying rock is pelite, with some areas of limestone and quartzite. Site comprises a large, very sheltered, intertidal estuarine system which receives the flows of three small to medium sized rivers - the Tullaghobeg River, the Glenna River and the Owenawillin River. The outer part of the bay is marked by two substantial sand dune systems at Dooey and Drumnatinney. Other habitats present in small amounts include salt marsh, dry grassland, wet grassland and heath. Site is of high scenic value, and the dunes are a prominent feature of the Donegal coastline. Site is also of cultural importance, containing a number of listed national monuments.

4.2 Quality and importance

The site contains two important dune systems that are of moderate size and quality. The fixed dunes are of particular note and these occur in association with embryonic dunes, shifting white dunes and a limited area of humid dune slack. The dunes are highly dynamic, having been formed and maintained by a tidal pump action. Blown-over dunes are a feature as is the large area of unvegetated dune known as Big Dune. A good example of a very sheltered estuarine complex with extensive sand flats exposed at low tide. Some of the intertidal flats have a rich macroinvertebrate fauna, and Zostera is present. The site supports significant numbers of waterfowl in autumn and winter, with nationally important concentrations of Charadarius hiaticula and Calidris alba. Pluvialis apricaria visit the site regularly but in small numbers. A population of the rare mollusc Vertigo geyeri has recently been recorded from a base-rich flush within the site.

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]
MA04i
MA04o
MC01.01.02i
ME01o
ME03i
MF01i
LF02.03i
LF04i
HG01.02i
MG02.07i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MA04o
LF02.03i

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

Colhoun, K. (1998). I-WeBS Report 1996-97. BirdWatch Ireland, Dublin. Carter, R.W.G. and Wilson, P. (1991). Chronology and geomorphology of the Irish dunes. In Quigley, M.B. (ed.). A Guide to the Sand Dunes of Ireland. E.U.C.C., Dublin. Curtis, T.G.F. (1991a). 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. Curtis, T.G.F. (1991b). The flora and vegetation of sand dunes in Ireland. In Quigley, M.B. (ed.). A Guide to the Sand Dunes of Ireland. E.U.C.C., Dublin. Holyoak, G. (2002). Records of land and freshwater Mollusca in East Donegal (H34) and West Donegal (H35). Unpublished report. Rutherford, J.H. (1979). The Sand Dune Morphology of Ballyness Spit. Unpublished M.Sc. Thesis. University of Ulster, Coleraine. Sheppard, R. (1993). Irelands Wetland Wealth. IWC, Dublin. Young, R. (1973). Report on Areas of Ecological and Geological Interest in County Donegal. An Foras Forbartha, 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.IE0001090
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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