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

UK9020271

1.3 Site name

Outer Ards

1.4 First Compilation date

2002-12

1.5 Update date

2015-12

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Address:               
Email:

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site classified as SPA:2002-12
National legal reference of SPA designationRegulations 8A-8B and 10-12 of The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/1995/380/contents/made) as amended by The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2004/435/contents/made) and The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisr/2011/216/contents/made).

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-5.483900
Latitude:54.546400

2.2 Area [ha]

1394.8000

2.3 Marine area [%]

82.1000

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name
UKN0Northern Ireland

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Atlantic (100.00 %)

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    1210  1210       
BA674Branta bernicla hrota [Canada/Ireland]    209  209       
BA137Charadrius hiaticula    516  516       
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    2109  2109       
BA194Sterna paradisaea    207  207       
  • 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
N0118.00
N0231.00
N031.00
N0550.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

1 Terrestrial: Soil & Geology: basic,sedimentary,acidic 2 Terrestrial: Geomorphology and landscape: lowland,coastal 3 Marine: Geology: sandstone/mudstone,mud,cobble,boulder,clay,gravel,sand,igneous,slate/shale,shingle 4 Marine: Geomorphology: cliffs,islands,intertidal rock,intertidal sediments (including sandflat/mudflat),open coast (including bay),shingle bar,subtidal rock (including rocky reefs),subtidal sediments (including sandbank/mudbank)

4.2 Quality and importance

ARTICLE 4.1 QUALIFICATION (79/409/EEC) During the breeding season the area regularly supports: Sterna paradisaea (Arctic - breeding/Southern Oceans - wintering) 4.7% of the all-Ireland breeding population 5-year mean (period not specified) Over winter the area regularly supports: Pluvialis apricaria [North-western Europe - wintering] 1.1% of the all-Ireland population 5 year peak mean 1991/92-1995/96 ARTICLE 4.2 QUALIFICATION (79/409/EEC) Over winter the area regularly supports: Arenaria interpres (Western Palearctic - wintering) 1.7% of the population 5-year peak mean 1991/92 1995/96 Branta bernicla hrota [Canada/Ireland] 1.1% of the population 5-year peak mean 1991/92 1995/96 Charadrius hiaticula (Europe/Northern Africa - wintering) 1.2% of the population 5-year peak mean 1991/92 1995/96

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]
LD02B
HG01I
MH03B
HJ03B
HK03I
HM01O
HM02B
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
HG01I
MG03I
MJ03I

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

See the UK Approach document for more information (link via the JNCC website).
http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/Natura2000_StandardDataForm_UKApproach_Dec2015.pdf

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
UK0020.90
UK0479.10

6. SITE MANAGEMENT

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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Northern Ireland Environment Agency
Address:
Email:

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

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