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For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)



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1.1 Type


1.2 Site code


1.3 Site name

Bandon River SAC

1.4 First Compilation date


1.5 Update date


1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

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:2019-12
National legal reference of SAC designation:653/2019


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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:


2.2 Area [ha]


2.3 Marine area [%]


2.4 Sitelength [km] (optional):

No information provided

2.5 Administrative region code and name

NUTS level 2 code Region Name
IE02Southern and Eastern

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Atlantic (0.00 %)


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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
3260  info      6.43  0.00 
91E0  info      16.06  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.
BA229Alcedo atthis          DD 
F1096Lampetra planeri          DD 
I1029Margaritifera margaritifera    50000  50000   
  • 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)


Population in the site


Group CODE Scientific Name S NP Size Unit Cat. Species Annex Other categories
     MinMax C|R|V|PIVVABCD
Cinclus cinclus                   
Cygnus olor    30  30             
Elatine hexandra                   
Fissidens crassipes                   
Lepus timidus hibernicus                   
Lepus timidus hibernicus                   
Lepus timidus hibernicus                   
Littorella uniflora                   
Meles meles                   
Meles meles                   
Myotis daubentoni                     
Myotis daubentoni                     
Nostoc sp.                   
Nostocladius lygropis                   
Orobanche rapum genistae                     
Pipistrellus pipistrellus                   
Pipistrellus pipistrellus                   
Pseudorchis albida                     
Rana temporaria                   
Rana temporaria                   
Ranunculus auricomus                   
Ricccicardia chaemadryfolia                   
  • 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


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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover

Total Habitat Cover


Other Site Characteristics

Geologically, the predominant rock formations are Old Red Sandstone to the North with Carboniferous slate in the southern half of the site. The northern section of the site is dominated by a mosaic of exposed rock, heath, upland wet grassland and scrub with small pockets of improved grassland throughout. The area below Long Bridge supports a rare form of wet woodlands on braided channel edges and islands. The southern section of the site has been reclaimed into grassland.

4.2 Quality and importance

The site is important as it contains the Annex I priority habitat Alluvial Forests and the Annex I habitat Floating River Vegetation. The Annex I Bird - Alcedo atthis breeds within the site as do the Annex I animal species Lampetra planeri, and Margaritifera margaritifera. Water quality is very good and the site supports a large population of Margaritifera margaritifera. Cork Co. Council are considering designating the Bandon a salmonid River.

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]
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]

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)

Bowman, K.J. Clabby, K.J. Lucey, J., McGarrigle, M.,. and Toner, P.F., (1996). Water Quality in Ireland 1991-1994. Environmental Protection Agency. Wexford. Cairns Ltd, RPS. (1996). Bandon River (Dunmanway) Drainage Scheme. Environmental Impact Statement - Second Draft. RPS Cairns Ltd., Cork. Curtis, T.G.F. and Mc Gough, H.N. (1988). The Irish Red Data Book 1 : Vascular Plants. Government Publications, Stationery Office. Dublin. Gibbons, D.W., Reid, J.B., and Chapman, R.A. (1993). The New Atlas of Breeding Birds in Britain and Ireland: 1988-1991. Poyser. London. Goodwillie, R. (1986). Report on Areas of Scientific Interest in County Cork. An Foras Forbartha. Dublin. Kelly, D.L., and Iremonger, S.F. (1997). Irish Wetland Woods: The Plant Communities and their Ecology. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Vol. 97B, No. 1, 1-32. Royal Irish Academy. Dublin. Kurtz, I. and Costello, M.J., (1996). Current Knowledge on the Distribution of Lampreys and some other Freshwater Fish Species listed in the Habitats Directive in Ireland. Internal report to National Parks and Wildlife. Kurz, I. and Costello, M.J., (1996b). Proposed Special Areas of Conservation for Lampreys and Shads. Internal report to National Parks and Wildlife. Lelek, A (1980). Threatened Freshwater Fishes in Europe. Nature and Environment Series No. 18. Council of Europe. Strasbourg. Lucey, J. (1993). The Distribution of Margaritifera margaritifera (L.) in Southern Irish Rivers and Streams. J. Conch. Lond. 34: 301-310. Maitland, P.S. (1972). Key to British Freshwater Fishes. Freshwater Biological Association Scientific Publication No. 27. Freshwater Biological Association. Ambleside. Moorkens, E.A., (1996). Studies on the Biology and Ecology of Margaritifera in Ireland. PhD. Thesis. Trinity College Dublin. Moorkens, E.A., Costello, M.J. and Speight, M.C.D. (1992). Status of the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Margaritifera margaritifera and M.M. Durrovensis in the Nore, Barrow and Suir River tributaries, South east Ireland. Ir. Nat. J. 24: 127-131. Morgan, G. (1982). The Chironomidae of the River Bandon. An unpublished MSc thesis from the National University of Ireland. O' Sullivan, W.M. (1941). Summer Diet of Otters on part of the River Blackwater Catchment. Ir. Nat. J. Vol. 24 No. 9: 349-354. Rodwell, J.S. (1991). British Plant Communities. Vol. I - Woodlands and Scrub. Cambridge University Press. Scannell, J.P. and Synnott, D.M., (1987). Census Catalogue of the Flora of Ireland. Government Publications. The Stationery Office. Dublin. Smiddy P and O' Halloran J. (1991). The January 1991 Swan Census in Co. Cork. Cork Bird Report 1990:85-89. Smith, A.J.E. (1978). The Moss Flora of Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press. Smith, A.J.E. (1990). The Liverworts of Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press. Webb, D.A., Parnell, J. and Doogue, D. (1996). An Irish Flora. Dundalgan Press. Dundalk. Went, A.E.J., and Kennedy, M. (1976). List of Irish Fishes. 3rd Edition. Stationery Office. Dublin. Whilde, A. (1993). Threatened Mammals, Birds, Amphibians and Fish in Ireland. Irish Red Data Book 2: Vertebrates. HMSO. Belfast. White, J. (1985). The Gearagh Woodland, Co. Cork. Ir. Nat. J. Vol. 21:391-396.


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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:

No, but in preparation

6.3 Conservation measures (optional)

No information provided



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