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

IE0002187

1.3 Site name

Drongawn Lough SAC

1.4 First Compilation date

1999-06

1.5 Update date

2019-01

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:1999-06
Date site confirmed as SCI: No information provided
Date site designated as SAC:2017-12
National legal reference of SAC designation:616/2017

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-9.841785
Latitude:51.814752

2.2 Area [ha]

31.4180

2.3 Marine area [%]

37.7540

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 %)

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
1150  info      11.7387  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.
  • 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
Cerastoderma glaucum                     
Chaetomorpha linum                     
Erichthonius difformis                     
Hydrobia ventrosa                     
Jaera forsmani                     
Lembos longipes                     
Neomysis integer                     
Palaemonetes varians                     
Ruppia cirrhosa                     
Stenus lustrator                     
  • 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
N0242.00
N061.00
N0713.00
N0827.00
N1015.00
N221.00
N231.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Situated on the northern side of the Kenmare River Inlet in Co. Kerry, Drongawn Lough is a moderate sized saline lake lagoon with a narrow silled inlet. The lagoon is deep (18 m) and tidal exchange is limited by the narrow inlet but salinity remains high (28-32 ppt). The sides of the lagoon near the inlet consist of steeply shelving exposed rock with a gently sloping muddy floor at 6 m. The land around the lagoon is a mix of blanket bog, heath and wet grassland. Some of the wet grassland and heath is partly improved for grazing.

4.2 Quality and importance

The lagoon habitat within the site is an excellent example of a completely natural saline lake lagoon in almost pristine condition, and one of the three best representativies of deep, silled lagoons in the country. No very rare species of flora have been recorded in the lagoon but the community is typically lagoonal with Ruppia cirrhosa and Chaetomorpha linum. The fauna is rich (69 taxa) with several lagoonal specialists (Hydrobia ventrosa, Cerastoderma glaucum, Palaemonetes varians) and apparently rare species (Jaera forsmani, Erichthonius difformis, Lembos longipes).

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]
LA04b
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LA04b

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)

Barnes, R.S.K. (1989) Coastal lagoons of Britain: an overview and conservation appraisal. Biological Conservation 49: 295-313.Costello, M.J., Holmes, J.M.C., McGrath, D. and Myers, A.A. (1989). A review and catalogue of the Amphipoda (Crustacea) in Ireland. Irish Fisheries Investigations Series B (Marine) 33: 3-70.De Grave, S. and Holmes, J.M.C. (1998). The distribution of marine Isopoda (Crustacea) in Lough Hyne. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 98B: 23-30. Good, J.A. (1999). Irish Coastal Lagoon Survey, 1998. Vol V. Unpublished report to National Parks and Wildlife, Dublin.Good, J.A. and Butler, F.T. (1998). Coastal lagoon shores as a habitat for Staphylinidae and Carabidae (Coleoptera) in Ireland. Bull. Ir. biogeogr. Soc. 21: 21-66.Hatch, P. and Healy, B. (1998). Aquatic vegetation of Irish coastal lagoons. Bull. Ir. biogeogr. Soc. 21: 2-21.Healy, B. (1999). Irish Coastal Lagoon Survey, 1998. Vol 1, Part 1. Unpublished report to National Parks and Wildlife, Dublin.Healy. B. and Oliver, G.A. (1998). Irish coastal lagoons: summary of a survey. Bull. Ir. biogeogr. Soc. 21: 116-151.Healy, B,. Oliver, G.A., Hatch, P. and Good, J.A. (1997). Coastal lagoons in the Republic of Ireland. Vol. 2 . Inventory of Lagoons and Saline Lakes. Unpublished report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin.Myers, A.A. and McGrath, D. (1984). A revision of the north-east Atlantic species of Erichthonius (Crustacea: Amphipoda). J. mar. biol. Ass. U.K. 64: 379-400Nelson, B., Foster, G., Weyl, R. and Anderson, R. (1998). The distribution of aquatic Coleoptera in Northern Ireland. Part 2: Families Hydraenidae, Helophoridae, Hydrochidae, Hydrophilidae, Elmidae and Dryopidae. Bull. Ir. biogeogr. Soc. 22: 128-193.Oliver, G.A.. (1999). Irish Coastal Lagoon Survey, 1998. Vol IV. Unpublished report to National Parks and Wildlife, Dublin.Oliver, G.A. and Healy B. (1998). Records of aquatic fauna from coastal lagoons in Ireland. Bull. Ir. biogeogr. Soc. 21: 66-115.Roden, C. (1999). Irish Coastal Lagoon Survey, 1998. Vol III. Unpublished report to National Parks and Wildlife, Dublin.

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.IE0002187
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
X
No

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