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

IE0001975

1.3 Site name

Ballyhoorisky Point to Fanad Head SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

1999-08

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:1999-08
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:-7.680130
Latitude:55.252868

2.2 Area [ha]

1292.4883

2.3 Marine area [%]

60.4980

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
1220  info      0.2642  0.00 
1230  info      155.16  0.00 
3130  info      67.2217  0.00 
3140  info      51.72  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.
BA144Calidris alba    46  46     
BA137Charadrius hiaticula    96  96     
BA064Clangula hyemalis    35  35     
BA103Falco peregrinus       
BA009Fulmarus glacialis    50  100     
BA130Haematopus ostralegus    120  120     
P1833Najas flexilis           
BA346Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax       
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
Lepus timidus hibernicus                     
Lepus timidus hibernicus                     
Lepus timidus hibernicus                     
Ligusticum scoticum                     
Nitella spanioclema                     
Nitella spanioclema                     
Nitella spanioclema                     
Nitella spanioclema                     
Pilularia globulifera                     
Rana temporaria                     
Rana temporaria                     
Somateria mollissima    340  340               
  • 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
N0133.00
N021.00
N0422.00
N0516.00
N0613.00
N077.00
N083.00
N105.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Situated in north Donegal, this site covers more than 18 km of coastline and displays a wide range of coastal habitats. The bedrock geology of the site is dominated by granite (western and northern section) and quartzite (eastern and southern section). The coastline is variable, with rocky headlands and cliffs interspersed with sandy bays and low shoreline. The cliffs are generally low but reach 120 metres south of Fanad Head. Sandy habitats, including machair, are frequent. The machair merges with a number of coastal oligotrophic lakes in the north-west of the site. This calcareous influence has resulted in the presence of a species-rich wetland flora. Other habitats present include open marine waters, shingle beach, heath and blanket bog. The main landuse is grazing by sheep and cattle.

4.2 Quality and importance

The site is of importance for vegetated sea cliffs and perennial vegetation of stony banks, both habitats being extensive in area and of good quality. The cliffs support important populations of the Red Data Book species Ligusticum scoticum. Lakes are also well represented both oligotrophic and hard-water categories. These include some of the best examples of base-rich, nutrient-poor lakes in the county, and contain a range of rare plant species, including Najas flexilis and the stonewort Nitella spanioclema (probably endemic). Machair occurs but is in a degraded state. A population of the rare Vertigo angustior has been discovered recently within the site. Site has breeding Falco peregrinus and Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax. Of national importance for wintering Clangula hyemelis and Calidris alba. One of largest populations of Somateria mollissima in the country.

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]
MA05.02i
MA10i
MC01.01.02i
LJ02.02i
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

Bassett, J.A. & Curtis T.G.F. (1985). The nature and occurrence of sand-dune machair in Ireland. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 85B: 1-20. 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. Bullock-Webster, G.R. (1919). A new Nitella (N. spanioclema). Irish Naturalist 28: 1-3. Colhoun, K. (1998). I-WeBS Report 1996-97. BirdWatch Ireland, 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. Fay, P. (1996). The rare and protected flora of coastal areas in Counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. Unpublished report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Holyoak, G. (2002). Records of land and freshwater Mollusca in East Donegal (H34) and West Donegal (H35). Unpublished report. Lloyd, C. (1982). Inventory of seabird breeding colonies in Republic of Ireland, Unpublished report, Forestry and Wildlife Service, Dublin. McGarrigle, M.L., Bowman, J.J., Clabby, K.J., Lucey, J., Cunningham, P., MacCarthaigh, M., Keegan, M., Cantrell, B., Lehane, M., Clenaghan, C. and Toner, P.F. (2002). Water Quality in Ireland 1998-2000. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. Roden, C.M. (1999). A Survey of Coastal Lakes in Counties Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal. Report produced for the Hertiage Council. Unpublished. Sheppard, R. (1993). Irelands Wetland Wealth. IWC, Dublin. Stewart, N.F. and Church, J.M. (1992). Red Data Books of Britain and Ireland: Stoneworts. JNCC, Peterborough. 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.IE0001975
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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