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

A

1.2 Site code

IE0004037

1.3 Site name

Blacksod Bay/Broad Haven SPA

1.4 First Compilation date

2004-05

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

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:1995-02
National legal reference of SPA designation No data

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-9.949441
Latitude:54.174267

2.2 Area [ha]

8535.6796

2.3 Marine area [%]

88.7160

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

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    84  84     
BA169Arenaria interpres    62  62     
BA144Calidris alba    171  171     
BA149Calidris alpina    1255  1255     
BA466Calidris alpina schinzii    24  24     
BA143Calidris canutus    160  160     
BA137Charadrius hiaticula    590  590     
BA003Gavia immer    67  67     
BA001Gavia stellata    12  12     
BA130Haematopus ostralegus    471  471     
BA182Larus canus    355  355     
BA179Larus ridibundus    220  220     
BA157Limosa lapponica    664  664     
BA065Melanitta nigra    510  510     
BA069Mergus serrator    83  83     
BA160Numenius arquata    567  567     
BA017Phalacrocorax carbo    166  166     
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    947  947     
BA141Pluvialis squatarola    50  50     
BA193Sterna hirundo    22  22     
BA194Sterna paradisaea    20  20     
BA191Sterna sandvicensis    81  81     
BA048Tadorna tadorna    30  30     
BA164Tringa nebularia    27  27     
BA164Tringa nebularia    279  279     
BA164Tringa nebularia    27  27     
BA162Tringa totanus    161  161     
  • 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
  • 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
N0158.00
N0237.00
N031.00
N041.00
N051.00
N062.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Situated in the extreme north-west of Co. Mayo, this site comprises a number of bays and inlets including Sruwaddacon Bay, Moyrahan Bay, Traw-Kirtaun, Blind Harbour, Tullaghan Bay, and the various sheltered bays and inlets in Blacksod Bay, including Trawmore Bay, Feorinyeeo Bay, Saleen Harbour, Elly Bay and Elly Harbour. At low tide extensive areas of intertidal sand and mudflats are exposed. These support a well-developed macro-invertebrate fauna. Seagrass (Zostera marina) occurs at several localities. Salt marshes, which are often on a peat substrate, fringe parts of the site and provide useful roosts for the wintering waterfowl. Sandy and shingle beaches are well-represented. A small island, Inishderry, occurs in the inner part of the bay and is used by nesting terns and gulls. Also included within the site are two small lakes on the Mullet Peninsula, Cross Lough and Leam Lough. The underlying bedrock consists mainly of schists and gneiss.

4.2 Quality and importance

The site supports an excellent diversity of wintering waterfowl species and is one of the most important wetland complexes in the west. It has internationally important populations of Gavia immer and Branta bernicla hrota. The site also supports nationally important populations of Melanitta nigra, Numenius arquata, Limosa lapponica, Charadrius hiaticula, Calidris alpina, Mergus serrator and Calidris alba. The site provides both feeding and roosting areas for the birds though some species may also utilise areas elsewhere for feeding and/or roosting purposes. A nationally important population of Calidris alpina subsp. schinzii breeds within areas of the machair. Inishderry Island has a nationally important breeding colony of Sterna sandvicensis, as well as nesting Sterna hirundo, Sterna paradisaea and Larus ridibundus.

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]
LA08o
ME01o
MF01i
MF02.03i
MF02.03.01i
LG01.02i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
ME01o
MF01i
MF02.03i
LG01.02i

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

Colhoun, K. (2001). I-WeBS Report 1998-99. BirdWatch Ireland, Dublin. Crowe, O. (2005). Ireland's Wetlands and their Waterbirds: Status and Distribution. BirdWatch Ireland, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow. Crowe, O., Austin, G.A., Colhoun, K., Cranswick, P.A., Kershaw, M. and Musgrove, A.J. (2008). Estimates and trends of waterbird numbers wintering in Ireland 1994/95 to 2003/04. Bird Study 55: 66-77. Curtis, T.G.F. and Sheehy Skeffington, M.J. (1998). The salt marshes of Ireland: an inventory and account of their geographical variation. Biology and Environment, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 98B: 87-104. Hannon, C. (1997). The 1995 All-Ireland Tern Survey. BirdWatch Ireland Conservation Report No. 97/1. Hannon, C., Berrow, S.D. and Newton S.F. (1997). The status and distribution of breeding Sandwich Sterna sandvicensis, Roseate S. dougallii, Common S. hirundo, Arctic S. paradisaea and Little Terns S. albifrons in Ireland in 1995. Irish Birds 6: 1-22. 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). Irish Wetland Birds Survey (I-WeBS) Database, 1994/95-2006/07. BirdWatch Ireland, Dublin. Merne, O.J. (1989). Important bird areas in the Republic of Ireland. In: Grimmett, R.F.A. and Jones, T.A. (eds). Important Bird Areas in Europe. ICBP Technical Publication No. 9. Cambridge. Mitchell, P.I., Newton, S., Ratcliffe, N. and Dunn, T. (2004). Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland. Poyser, London. Picton, B.E and Costello M.J. (eds) (1997). BioMar Biotope Viewer: a guide to marine habitats, fauna and flora of Britain and Irelands (Ver. 2.0) Environmental Sciences Unit, Trinity College, Dublin.(Compact Disc). Robinson, J.A., Colhoun, K., Gudmundsson, G.A., Boertmann, D., Merne, O.J., O'Briain, M., Portig, A.A., Mackie, K. and Boyd, H. (2004). Light-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota (East Canadian High Arctic population) in Canada, Ireland, Iceland, France, Greenland, Scotland, Wales, England, the Channel Islands and Spain 1960/61 - 1999/2000. Waterbird Review Series, The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust/Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Slimbridge. Sheppard, R. (1993). Ireland's Wetland Wealth. IWC, Dublin. Whilde, A. (1985). The All Ireland Tern Survey 1984. Unpublished report for the Irish Wildbird Conservancy, Dublin.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
Blacksod Bay and Broadhaven+9.00

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Blacksod Bay and Broadhaven+9.00

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.SPA.IE0004037
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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