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

B

1.2 Site code

IE0001656

1.3 Site name

Bricklieve Mountains and Keishcorran SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

1996-10

1.5 Update date

2021-10

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 proposed as SCI:1997-11
Date site confirmed as SCI: No information provided
Date site designated as SAC:2018-02
National legal reference of SAC designation:78/2018

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-8.392403
Latitude:54.049172

2.2 Area [ha]

1692.0913

2.3 Marine area [%]

0.0000

2.4 Sitelength [km] (optional):


No information provided

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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3.1 Habitat types present on the site and assessment for them

Annex I Habitat types Site assessment
Code PF NP Cover [ha] Cave [number] Data quality A|B|C|D A|B|C
      RepresentativityRelative SurfaceConservationGlobal
3180  info      16.96  0.00 
6210  info  X     16.96  0.00 
6510  info      16.96  0.00 
8120  info      33.92  0.00 
  • PF: for the habitat types that can have a non-priority as well as a priority form (6210, 7130, 9430) enter "X" in the column PF to indicate the priority form.
  • NP: in case that a habitat type no longer exists in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Cover: decimal values can be entered
  • Caves: for habitat types 8310, 8330 (caves) enter the number of caves if estimated surface is not available.
  • 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)

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.
I1092Austropotamobius pallipes          DD 
I1065Euphydryas aurinia          DD 
  • 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
Bryum bornholmense                   
Chara vulgaris var. papillata                   
Cinclidium stygium                   
Draba incana                   
Fissidens pusillus                   
Mnium marginatum var. marginatum                   
Oncorhynchus mykiss                   
Pseudorchis albida    122  122             
Rhizomnium pseudopunctatum                   
Rorippa islandica                   
Tortula princeps                   
Viola persicifolia                   
  • 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
N061.00
N0718.00
N0833.00
N1034.00
N161.00
N2211.00
N232.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

The site is a good example of a karst region and contains many sink holes, caves, dry valleys and pavements at heights up to 260m. The slopes bounding the Bricklieve Plateau display striking terraces broken by south-eastward trending gullies developed along minor fault-planes. Ecologically the site is extremely diverse and the most interesting features are the presence of peat and acidic grasslands on limestone and the occurrence of a fen at a relatively high altitude of 118 m. The site has many archaeologically interesting megalithic tombs, some of considerable size and erected 4500 years ago before peat formed. A system of roads traverse the site and tourism is encouraged.

4.2 Quality and importance

The site is important as it supports a very wide range of habitats. These include limestone cliffs extending 10-30m, eutric scree, the unusual combination of blanket bog and wet heath on limestone, abundant dry heath, a variety of grassland types including mineral rich, acidic and wet and dry meadows, scrub on the cliffs and scattered throughout the grasslands, and a small patch of deciduous woodland. The fen at the south-west side of the site is very diverse and unusual in that it occurs as high as 118m. The site includes a fine turlough, Lough Gowra, at a very high altitude for the habitat(112m). Rare plants at the site include Red Data Book species Draba incana, Rorippa islandica, Viola persicifolia and Pseudorchis albida, as well as the charophyte Chara vulgaris var. papillata and many rare mosses and liverworts. Lough na Leibe holds a good population of Austropotamobius pallipes. The site supports a population of Euphydryas aurinia.

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]
HA02.01i
MA04.01.02i
LA10i
LA10.01i
LC01.03.02i
MD01.01i
HF06i
MJ01.01i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
HA04.02.01i

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

4.4 Ownership (optional)


No information provided

4.5 Documentation (optional)

An Foras Forbartha (1981). Areas of Scientific Interest in Ireland. An Foras Forbartha, Dublin.Cotton, C., Cawley, M. and Roden, C. (1994). Botanical note on the occurrence of Pseudochoris albida in Sligo (H28), Leitrim (H29) and Galway (H15, H16 and H17). Irish Naturalists' Journal. 24 : #468-471.Herries Daves, G.L. and Stephens, N. (1978). Ireland. Methuen, London.Lavery, T.A. (1993). A review of the distribution, ecology and status of the marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia Rottenburg, 1775 (Lepidotera: Nymphalidae) in Ireland. Irish Naturalists' Journal 24: 192-199.O'Connor, W. (Ecofact Environmental Consultants)(2007). Monitoring of crayfish in Irish lakes. Unpublished interim report to NPWS, Dublin.Praeger, R.L. (1934). The Botanist in Ireland. Hodges, Figgis & Co., Dublin.Stewart, N. (undated). List of rare Irish Bryophytes. Unpublished. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin.Webb, D.A. (1947). The vegetation of Carrowkeel, a limestone hill in north-west Ireland. Journal of Ecology 35 : 105-129.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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6. SITE MANAGEMENT

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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:


No information provided

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

Yes
No, but in preparation
X
No

6.3 Conservation measures (optional)


No information provided

 

7. MAP OF THE SITE

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INSPIRE ID:IE.NPWS.PS.NATURA2000.SAC.IE0001656
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
X
No

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