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

IE0004140

1.3 Site name

Four Roads Turlough SPA

1.4 First Compilation date

2010-09

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:-8.241057
Latitude:53.512382

2.2 Area [ha]

99.5985

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.
BA056Anas clypeata    28  28     
BA052Anas crecca    657  657     
BA050Anas penelope    307  307     
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    84  84     
BA395Anser albifrons flavirostris    93  93     
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    3717  3717     
BA142Vanellus vanellus    1521  1521     
  • 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
N0650.00
N145.00
N1545.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Four Roads Turlough (also known as Cloonlaughnan Turlough) is located 6 km south of Athleague, Co. Roscommon and just over 2 km east of the River Suck. It lies below a low scarp of limestone hills and is an open, shallow basin without permanent standing water which floods regularly and dries out early.

4.2 Quality and importance

Four Roads Turlough is an important site for wintering waterfowl. In most winters it is visited by the nationally important River Suck population of Anser albifrons flavirostris. The site also supports a nationally important population of Pluvialis apricaria (2.3% of the all-Ireland population). Other species which occur regularly include Anas penelope, Anas crecca, Anas platyrhynchos, Anas clypeata and Vanellus vanellus. It is also occasionally used by Cygnus cygnus. Breeding species include Vanellus vanellus and Gallinago gallinago.

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
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MA04i

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.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
IE0590.00

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.IE0004140
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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