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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

IE0004182

1.3 Site name

Mid-Clare Coast SPA

1.4 First Compilation date

2010-02

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:2004-01
National legal reference of SPA designation No data

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-9.503336
Latitude:52.797194

2.2 Area [ha]

4638.6511

2.3 Marine area [%]

96.1740

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name
IE02Southern and Eastern

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.
BA169Arenaria interpres    571  571     
BA045Branta leucopsis    254  254     
BA144Calidris alba    272  272     
BA149Calidris alpina    2708  2708     
BA148Calidris maritima    393  393     
BA137Charadrius hiaticula    316  316     
BA003Gavia immer       
BA184Larus argentatus    40     
BA182Larus canus    10  10     
BA182Larus canus    426  426     
BA183Larus fuscus    24  24     
BA179Larus ridibundus    304  304     
BA179Larus ridibundus    329  329     
BA160Numenius arquata    486  486     
BA018Phalacrocorax aristotelis    40     
BA017Phalacrocorax carbo    60  60     
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    1446  1446     
BA141Pluvialis squatarola    36  36     
BA162Tringa totanus    77  77     
BA142Vanellus vanellus    1252  1252     
  • 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
Cepphus grylle                 
Corvus corax                 
Larus marinus    50  50               
  • 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
N0191.00
N022.00
N041.00
N055.00
N091.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

The site stretches for approximately 14 km of the west coast of Clare, from Spanish Point to Rinnammryal just west of Doonbeg. The mainland shoreline, which is highly exposed to the force of the Atlantic, is mostly rocky and stony, with well-developed littoral reed communities. There are several sandy beaches, such as at white strand, as well as areas of intertidal flats. The site has significant examples of vegetated shingle and stony banks, all of which are very exposed. Several islands are included, the largest of which is Mutton Island, a medium sized, uninhabited island, situated approximately 1 km from Lurga Point. Mutton Island is dominated by a grassy sward, with some low cliffs at the west side. Mattle Island is a small island situated approximately 2 km south of the larger Mutton Island. It is a low-lying island, rising to only 12 m in the central area. A group of littoral reefs occur to the north of Mutton Island, notably Carrickaneelwar and Seal Rock. A large marine area, which has very good examples of sub-tidal reefs, is included in the site.

4.2 Quality and importance

An important population of Branta leucopsis, which at times exceeds the threshold for national importance, winters on Mutton Island. Site is of particular importance for wader species of rocky and sandy shores, with nationally important wintering populations of Charadrius hiaticula, Calidris maritima, Calidris alba, Calidris alpina and Arenaria interpres. The Calidris maritima and Arenaria interpres populations are regularly the largest in the country and comprise 11.5% and 4.3% of the respective all-Ireland totals. Gavia immer is regular in winter. Mutton and Mattle Islands support a range of breeding seabirds, with a nationally important population of Phalacrocorax carbo, as well as populations of Phalacrocorax aristotelis, Larus canus, Larus fuscus, Larus argentatus, Larus marinus and Cepphus grylle.

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]
MA04o
MA04i
MF02.03i
MG01.01i
MG01.02i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MA04o
MA04i
MF02.03i
MG01.01i
MG01.02i

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

Crowe, O., Austin, G.E., Colhoun, K., Cranswick, P., Kershaw, M. and Musgrove, A.J. (2008). Estimates and trends of waterbird numbers wintering in Ireland, 1994/95 - 2003/04. Bird Study 55, 66-77 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). Kennedy, P.G., Ruttledge, R.F. and Scroope, C.F. (1954). The Birds in Ireland. London & Edinburgh. Llyod, C. (1982). Inventory of seabird breeding colonies in Republic of Ireland, Unpublished Report, Forestry and Wildlife Service, 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 Area in Europe. ICBP Technical Publication No.9. Cambridge. Merne, O.J., and Walsh, A. (1994). Barnacle Geese in Ireland, spring 1993 and 1994. Irish Birds 5: 151-156. Merne, O.J. and Walsh, A. (2002). Barnacle Geese in Ireland, spring 1999. Irish Birds 7: 53-56. Merne, O.J. and Walsh, A. (2003). Barnacle Geese in Ireland, spring 2003. Irish Birds 7: 173-176. Mitchell, P.I., Newton, S.F., Ratcliffe, N. and Dunn, T.E. (2004). Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland. Poyser, London. Moore, D. and Wilson, F. (1999). National Shingle Brach Survey of Ireland 1999. Unpublished Report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Murphy, J. (1993). Preliminary report on the Birds and Wildlife of Mutton Island, Co, Clare. Report to the Irish Wildbird Conservancy, Clare branch. Murphy, J. (1995). Visit to Mutton Island, Co. Clare in May 1995. Report to the Irish Wildbird Conservancy, Clare branch. Unpublished. Ruttledge, R.F. (1966). Ireland's Birds. Witherby, London. Ussher, R.J. and Warren, R. (1900). The Birds of Ireland. Guerney & Jackson, London. Wetlands International (2006). Waterfowl population estimates- fourth edition. Wetlands International, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
IE051.00

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
IE05Mutton Island Wildfowl Sanctuary+1.00

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Mutton Island Wildfowl Sanctuary+1.00

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.IE0004182
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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