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

IE0004139

1.3 Site name

Lough Croan Turlough SPA

1.4 First Compilation date

2005-03

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:2010-08
National legal reference of SPA designation No data

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-8.181130
Latitude:53.494546

2.2 Area [ha]

151.2603

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.
BA054Anas acuta    22  22     
BA056Anas clypeata       
BA056Anas clypeata    157  157     
BA052Anas crecca    330  330     
BA050Anas penelope    392  392     
BA051Anas strepera       
BA395Anser albifrons flavirostris    164  164     
BA059Aythya ferina       
BA038Cygnus cygnus    15  15     
BA160Numenius arquata    93  93     
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    2025  2025     
BA142Vanellus vanellus    661  661     
  • 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
Rana temporaria                     
Rorippa islandica                     
  • 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
N0660.00
N105.00
N1435.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Situated approximately 6 km west of the River Suck in Co. Roscommon, Lough Croan is a linear wetland, aligned north-west/south-east, which lies in a flattish area of glacial till. It is split into two main parts - the east functions as a typical turlough with a wet, swampy centre, the west is a fen, floating places, which also floods in winter. In between, there is undulating ground. Both basins retain some water all year round but there is little overground flow.

4.2 Quality and importance

Lough Croan turlough is an important site for wintering waterfowl. It regularly supports a nationally important population of Anser albifrons flavirostris, which is part of the internationally important River Suck population. It also has nationally important populations of Anas clypeata and Pluvialis apricaria. The Anas clypeata population represents a substantial (>5%) proportion of the all-Ireland total. Other species which occur regularly include Cygnus cygnus, Anas crecca, Anas acuta and Vanellus vanellus. The turlough also has breeding waterfowl species, most notable Anas clypeata and Aythya ferina, both rare breeders in Ireland. The wintering waterfowl are monitored annually. Much of the site is a Wildfowl Sanctuary.

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]
LA04i
MA08o
MA08i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LA04i

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

Crowe, O. (2005). Ireland's Wetlands and their Waterbirds: Status and Distribution. BirdWatch Ireland, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow. Crowe, O., Austin, G.E., 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. Fox, T., Francis, I. and Walsh, A. (2008). Report of the 2007/2008 International Census of Greenland White-Fronted Geese. Greenland White-fronted Goose Study and NPWS. 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. Goodwillie, R.N. (1992). Turloughs over 10 ha - Vegetation Survey and Evaluation. Unpublished Report to National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Heery, S. (1996). Birds in Central Ireland. Mid-Shannon Bird Report 1992-1995. BirdWatch Ireland, Kilcoole. Heery, S. (2000). Birds in Central Ireland. Mid-Shannon Bird Report 1996-1999. BirdWatch Ireland, Kilcoole. Hills, J.P. (2003). Rare Irish breeding birds. Irish Birds 7: 157-172. Hills, J.P. (2004). First annual report of the Irish Rare Breeding Birds Panel. Irish Birds 7: 375-384. National Parks and Wildlife Service. Greenland White-fronted Goose Inventory. 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. Sheppard, R. (1993). Ireland's Wetland Wealth. IWC, Dublin. Whilde, A. (1993). Threatened Mammals, Birds, Amphibians and Fish in Ireland. Irish Red Data Book 2: Vertebrates. HMSO, Belfast.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
IE0560.00

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
IE05Lough Croan Wildfowl Sancutary*60.00

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Lough Croan Wildfowl Sancutary*60.00

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.IE0004139
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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