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

IE0002117

1.3 Site name

Lough Coy SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

1996-10

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 proposed as SCI:1997-11
Date site confirmed as SCI: No data
Date site designated as SAC: No data
National legal reference of SAC designation: No data

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-8.764451
Latitude:53.110756

2.2 Area [ha]

77.3999

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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3.1 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      58.07  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.
BA052Anas crecca    283  283   
BA050Anas penelope    285  285   
BA059Aythya ferina    45  45   
BA149Calidris alpina    120  120   
BA038Cygnus cygnus    78  78   
BA160Numenius arquata    80  80   
BA142Vanellus vanellus    300  300   
  • 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
Limosella aquatica                   
Riccia cavernosa                   
Rorippa islandica                   
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
N0674.00
N0810.00
N1415.00
N231.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Lough Coy occupies an oval basin in the limestone just west of the Gort-Loughrea road. It is a turlough with a permanent central lake which reduces in area during the summer. The immediate catchment of Lough Coy is very small and the turlough would seem to be fed almost solely by water from Peterswell turlough to the north and its feeding river. A main swallowhole occurs in the north-western corner of the basin. At times of low water, extensive mudflats are exposed at Lough Coy on which a distinctive annual vegetation develops. The sides of the basin are closely grazed though there are numerous rocks and a little scrub. At high water levels some water escapes southwards where it joins a small permanent flow from Ballynabucky. The southern sector has further swallow holes and the area is characterised by small stands of wetland vegetation often on peat over marl. Areas of improved grassland are included in the site for hydrological reasons.

4.2 Quality and importance

The site is an excellent example of a eutrophic turlough exposed to a large volume of water over the winter season and a considerable fluctuation in level. Vegetation zonation is well developed and a number of rare plants occur. The site is in a natural condition and there is little outside influence on the habitat apart from grazing and a little gravel removal. The site is one of several turloughs in the area used by wintering waterfowl, including Cygnus cygnus and an inland flock of Calidris alpina. Usage varies according to water levels.

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]
MA08i
MA10.01i
LE03.03o
HH01.08b
HH02.06b
MH04.01i
MJ02.01.03b
HJ02.05b
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LXi

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

Good, J.A. and Butler, F.T. (2001). Turlough pastures as a habitat for staphylinidae and carabidae (Coleoptera) in south-east Galway and north Clare, Ireland. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 25:74-94. Jennings O'Donovan & Partners and Southern Water Global (1997). An Investigation of the Flooding Problems in the Gort-Ardrahan Area of South Galway. Volumes 1 & 2. Unpublished report prepared for the Office of Public works, Dublin. Madden, B. and Heery, S. (1999). Census of Wintering Wetland Birds in South Galway (Gort-Ardrahan Catchment) Winter (1998/1999). Unpublished report prepared for Dúchas the Heritage Service, Dublin. MacGowran, B. (1985). Phytosociological and Ecological Studies on Turloughs in the West of Ireland. Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, University College, Galway. An Investigation of the Flooding Problems in the Gort-Ardrahan Area of South Galway. Final Report to the OPW, Dublin, 1997.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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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.SAC.IE0002117
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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