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

IE0004098

1.3 Site name

Owenduff/Nephin Complex SPA

1.4 First Compilation date

2004-03

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

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:1996-10
National legal reference of SPA designation No data

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-9.699833
Latitude:54.017139

2.2 Area [ha]

25692.8347

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.
BA395Anser albifrons flavirostris    27  27     
BA098Falco columbarius       
BA103Falco peregrinus       
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    14  14     
  • 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
Hammarbya paludosa                     
Lagopus lagopus    149  213               
Lagopus lagopus    149  213               
Lepus timidus hibernicus                     
Lepus timidus hibernicus                     
Lepus timidus hibernicus                     
Lycopodiella inundata                     
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
N066.00
N0775.00
N0810.00
N103.00
N225.00
N231.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

This is a large inland site which is underlain by schists and gneisses in the west and quartzites in the east and south. A large proportion of the site (c. 25%) lies above 200 m and these upland areas contain spectacular mountain cliffs and corrie lakes. Many of the mountain peaks reach altitudes of over 500 m, while 721 m is the height of the tallest summit. Most of the site is drained by the Owenduff River and its complex network of tributaries and streams, which generally flow in a south-east to north-west direction. Much of the land surrounding the site is afforested with conifers.

4.2 Quality and importance

The Owenduff/Nephin Complex SPA is one of the largest expanses of blanket bog in the country and the site supports an excellent diversity of bird species characteristic of blanket bog and mountain habitats. Anser albifrons flavirostris regularly visit the site in winter though numbers nowadays are relatively low. The population is a sub-flock of the main Bog of Erris population (4 other sub-flocks). The site supports breeding populations of several important species, notably Falco columbarius, Falco peregrinus and Pluvialis apricaria. Recent studies have shown that there is a good population of Lagopus lagopus, an Irish Red Data Book species. Several species listed in Annex II of the E.U. Habitats Directive occur, notably Saxifraga hirculus, Drepanocladus vernicosus, Lutra lutra and Salmo salar. Much of the site is incorporated into the Mayo National Park.

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]
HA04i
HA04o
LA08i
MBi
HBo
MC01.03i
MC01.03o
LD01.02o
LE01.03o
MF02.03i
LF02.03o
LF03.01o
LF03.01i
LJ01i
LJ01o
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LD01.02o
LE01.03o
LF02.03o
MF02.03i
LF03.01o
LJ01o

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

Douglas, C., Garvey, L., Kelly, L., O'Sullivan , A. and Van Doorslaer, L. (1989). A Survey to Locate Blanket Bogs of Scientific Interest in Co. Mayo. Unpublished report to the Forest and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Foss, P.J. and McGee, E. (1987). A Survey to Locate Blanket Bogs of Scientific Interest. Unpublished report to the Forest and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Fox, A.D., Norriss, D.W., Stroud, D.A. and Wilson, H.J. (1994). Greenland White-fronted Geese in Ireland and Britain 1982/83 - 1993/94. Greenland White-fronted Goose Study research report no. 8. Greenland White-fronted Goose Study, Wales and National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Haworth, P.F. (1987). An Upland Study of West Galway. Unpublished report, World Wildlife Fund, UK. 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). 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. 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. Murray, T. and O'Halloran, J. (2003). Population estimate for Red Grouse in the Owenduff-Nephin Special Protection Area, County Mayo. Irish Birds 7: 187-192. Norriss, D.W. (1995). The 1991 survey and weather impacts on the Peregrine Falco peregrinus breeding population in the Republic of Ireland. Bird Study 42: 20-30. Ruttledge, R.F. and Ogilvie, M.A. (1979). The past and current status of the Greenland White-fronted Goose in Ireland and Britain. Irish Birds 1: 293-363.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
IE0380.00

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
Owenduff Catchment+5.00
IE03Mayo National Park+80.00

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Owenduff Catchment+5.00
Mayo National Park+80.00

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.IE0004098
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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