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

IE0002122

1.3 Site name

Wicklow Mountains SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

1999-04

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:2002-01
Date site confirmed as SCI: No information provided
Date site designated as SAC: No information provided
National legal reference of SAC designation: No information provided

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-6.377000
Latitude:53.085100

2.2 Area [ha]

32931.3756

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
IE02Southern and Eastern
IE02Southern and Eastern

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
3110  info      254.514  0.00 
3160  info      329.46  0.00 
4010  info      8236.43  0.00 
4030  info      4941.86  0.00 
4060  info      329.46  0.00 
6130  info      4.3  0.00 
6230  info      329.46  0.00 
7130  info  X     8236.43  0.00 
8110  info      329.46  0.00 
8210  info      329.46  0.00 
8220  info      329.46  0.00 
91A0  info      329.46  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.
BA098Falco columbarius     
BA103Falco peregrinus    20  20   
BA322Ficedula hypoleuca     
M1355Lutra lutra          DD 
BA070Mergus merganser   
BA274Phoenicurus phoenicurus     
BA314Phylloscopus sibilatrix    10  15   
BA275Saxicola rubetra    10  10   
BA311Sylvia atricapilla    50  100   
BA310Sylvia borin     
BA282Turdus torquatus     
  • 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
Alchemilla alpina                   
Asplenium billotii                   
Cryptogramma crispa                   
Erinaceus europaeus                   
Erinaceus europaeus                   
Hammarbya paludosa                   
Lagopus lagopus                   
Lepus timidus hibernicus                   
Lepus timidus hibernicus                   
Lepus timidus hibernicus                   
Martes martes                   
Meles meles                   
Meles meles                   
Myotis daubentoni                   
Myotis daubentoni                   
Myotis mystacinus                   
Myotis mystacinus                   
Myotis nattereri                   
Myotis nattereri                   
Nitella gracilis                   
Nyctalus leisleri                   
Nyctalus leisleri                   
Oreopteris limbosperma                   
Pipistrellus pipistrellus                   
Pipistrellus pipistrellus                   
Plecotus auritus                   
Plecotus auritus                   
Pseudorchis albida                   
Quercusia quercus                   
Rana temporaria                   
Rana temporaria                   
Salvelinus alpinus                   
Saussurea alpina                   
Sciurus vulgaris                   
Triturus vulgaris                   
  • 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
N062.00
N0726.00
N0845.00
N1020.00
N161.00
N191.00
N201.00
N223.00
N231.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

An extensive upland site comprising much of the Wicklow Mountains and extending into Co. Dublin. The solid geology is mainly Leinster granites, flanked by Ordovician schists, mudstones and volcanics. The area has been glaciated and features fine examples of high corrie lakes, deep valleys and moraines. Most of the site is over 300m, with much ground over 600m and the highest peak of Lugnaquillia at 925m. The site includes the headwaters of several major rivers, including the Liffey, the Dargle and the Slaney. The substrate over much of the site is peat, with poor mineral soil on the slopes and lower ground. Exposed rock and scree is a feature. The dominant habitats on the site are blanket bog, heaths and upland grassland.

4.2 Quality and importance

The site comprises the largest complex of upland habitats in eastern Ireland, with important examples of blanket bog, wet heath and dry heath, extensive in area and mostly of good quality. Alpine heath occurs at high levels, along with calcareous and siliceous rocky habitats harbouring an arctic-alpine flora. A fine series of oligotrophic lakes occur and some have Salvelinus alpinus. Several oakwoods of moderate quality, typical of the dry acidic woods of eastern Ireland, are found. Seven Red Data Book plant species occur, including the rare Alchemilla alpina and Nitella gracilis at its only Irish station. The site supports significant populations of breeding Falco columbarius and Falco peregrinus. The site is important for rare breeding passerines of oakwoods, notably Phoenicurus phoenicurus and Phylloscopus sibilatrix. The site also has breeding Turdus torquatus and Lagopus lagopus. Lutra lutra occurs on several of the riverine systems.

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]
MA04b
LA05.02i
HB06i
MC01.03i
MD01.01b
ME01b
LE03.01i
MF03i
MF03.02.02b
LF04.02i
MG01b
MG01.02b
HG01.03.02b
LG01.04b
LG02.09i
MG04.01b
MG05.01b
MG05.04i
LG05.06i
MG05.07b
HI01b
HJ01.01b
HK01.01i
MK04.05i
LL05i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
HB02.05i
HG05.09i

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)

Brunker, J.P. (1950). Flora of County Wicklow. Dundalgan Press, Dundalk.Bowman, J.J., Clabby, K.J., Lucey, J., McGarrigle, M.L. and Toner, P.H. (1996). Water Quality in Ireland 1991-1994. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford.Bradshaw, R. and McGee, E. (1988). The extent and time course of mountain blanket peat erosion in Ireland. New Phytologist 103: 219-224.Clabby, K.J., Lucey, J., McGarrigle, M.L., Bowman, J.J., Flanagan, P.J. and Toner, P.F. (1992). Water Quality in Ireland 1987-1990. Part One General Assessment. Environmental Research Unit, Dublin.Coombes, R.H. (1995). Goosanders breeding in County Wicklow. Irish East Coast Bird Report 1994. 74-76.Cross, J.R. (1982). Conservation Report on the Glenealo River Catchment, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Unpublished report to the Forest and Wildlife Service Dublin.Curtis, T.G.F. (1976). A Preliminary report on Areas of Scientific Interest in County Wicklow. Unpublished report prepared for Wicklow County Council. An Foras Forbartha, Dublin.Curtis, T.G.F. and McGough, H.N. (1988) The Irish Red Data Book: 1 Vascular Plants, Stationary Office, Dublin.Fagan, S. (1986). Pied Flycatchers breeding in Co. Wicklow, 1985. Irish Birds 3: 282-283.Flanagan, P.J. & Toner, P.F. (1975). A Preliminary Survey of Irish lakes. An Foras Forbartha, Water Resources Division.Haine, J.C. (1990) The breeding status of the Peregrine Falcon in County Wicklow in 1989. Irish East Coast Bird Report 1989. 60-65.Heuff, H. (1984) The Vegetation of Irish Lakes. Unpublished report to the Wildlife Service, Dublin.McEvoy, T. (1943). Some Irish Woodlands: An Ecological Study. M.Sc. Thesis.National University of Ireland.Mooney, E. and Goodwillie, R. (1991). Mountain Blanket Bog Survey 1991. Unpublished report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin.Neff, M. (1970). Conservation Report on Glendalough, Co. Wicklow. Unpublished report, Forest and Wildlife Service, Dublin.Praeger, R.L. (1934). The Botanist in Ireland. Hodges and Figgis, Dublin.Ryan, C. (1992) Red grouse at Liffey Head Bog, County Wicklow. Irish East Coast Bird Report 1991. 82-85.Stewart, N. (Undated). Bryophyte and Lichen Reports. Unpublished reports to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin.Stewart, N. and Church, I. (1992). Red Data Books of Britain and Ireland: Stoneworts. JNCC, Peterborough.Whilde, A. (1993). Irish Red Data Book 2: Vertebrates, HMSO, Belfast.Whittow, J.B. (1975). Geology and Scenery in Ireland. Penguin Books Ltd, Harmondsworth.Wilson, H.J. (1977). Some breeding bird communities of Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea) woodlands in Ireland. Polish Ecological Studies 3 (4): 245-256.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level (optional):

Code Cover [%]
IE016.00
IE0350.00

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites (optional):

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
Wicklow Mountains Special Protection Area*47.00
IE01Glendalough Nature Reserve+1.00
IE03Wicklow Mountains National Park*50.00
IE01Glenealo Valley Nature Reserve+6.00

Designated at international level:

Type Site name Type Cover [%]
Other Wicklow Mountains Special Protection Area*47.00

5.3 Site designation (optional)


No information provided

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.IE0002122
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
X
No

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