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

A

1.2 Site code

IE0004092

1.3 Site name

Tacumshin Lake SPA

1.4 First Compilation date

2004-04

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 classified as SPA:1996-10
National legal reference of SPA designation No data

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-6.466973
Latitude:52.197707

2.2 Area [ha]

476.1674

2.3 Marine area [%]

87.5450

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

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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3.2 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.
BA297Acrocephalus scirpaceus    10  10   
BA054Anas acuta    322  322   
BA056Anas clypeata    107  107   
BA052Anas crecca    975  975   
BA050Anas penelope    4725  4725   
BA053Anas platyrhynchos    196  196   
BA055Anas querquedula     
BA051Anas strepera    119  119   
BA395Anser albifrons flavirostris    36  36   
BA059Aythya ferina    314  314   
BA061Aythya fuligula    420  420   
BA046Branta bernicla    115  115   
BA149Calidris alpina    374  374   
BA147Calidris ferruginea    30  30   
BA145Calidris minuta    55  55   
BA081Circus aeruginosus     
BA037Cygnus columbianus bewickii    189  189   
BA038Cygnus cygnus    213  213   
BA125Fulica atra    1669  1669   
BA183Larus fuscus    146  146   
BA179Larus ridibundus    157  157   
BA156Limosa limosa    538  538   
BA160Numenius arquata    391  391   
BA151Philomachus pugnax    40  40   
BA151Philomachus pugnax    10   
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    3932  3932   
BA141Pluvialis squatarola    85  85   
BA048Tadorna tadorna    61  61   
BA161Tringa erythropus     
BA166Tringa glareola     
BA164Tringa nebularia     
BA165Tringa ochropus     
BA162Tringa totanus    74  74   
BA142Vanellus vanellus    5302  5302   
  • 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
Centaurium pulchellum                     
Ceratophyllum submersum                     
Chara canescens                     
Cygnus olor    218  218               
Otanthus maritimus                     
Tachybaptus ruficollis    71  71               
  • 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
N0274.00
N032.00
N0415.00
N053.00
N075.00
N101.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

the site comprises a large, shallow (1-2m) sedimentary lagoon, separated from the sea by a long (5-6 km) gravel/sand barrier. At present there is no natural outlet to the sea and the lagoon drains through installed pipes. Winter flooding is regular. Salinity is generally low but rises as water levels fall in summer. The lagoon bed sediments are colonised by halophytic vegetation, especially Salicornia spp. Stands of Ruppia spp. and Chara spp. also occur. Substantial areas of the lagoon are now dominated by swamp vegetation and there are also marginal areas of wet grassland. The gravel/sand barrier is mostly covered by a sand dune system. Surrounding land is low-lying and used for agriculture, both pasture and arable.

4.2 Quality and importance

Tacumshin Lake is one of the largest lagoons in the country and supports an excellent range of birds typical of lagoonal systems. In winter, it is a principal roost for internationally important populations of both Cygnus cygnus and Cygnus columbarius bewickii, the latter species now very localised in Ireland. Both of these swans feed mainly on improved grassland in the vicinity. There are a further 13 waterfowl species which occur in numbers of national importance, including Anas penelope, Anas strepera, Anas acuta, Anas clypeata, Aythya fuligula, Fulica atra, Pluvialis apricaria, Vanellus vanellus and Limosa limosa. The population of Anas acuta represents over 16% of the national total, whilst those of Anas penelope, Anas strepera and Fulica atra are just over 5% of the respective totals. In summer, Circus aeruginosus is a regular visitor and nesting is a possibility. Tacumshin Lake is one of the few sites in Ireland where Anas querquedula is considered to breed. The site has a good breeding population of the localised Acrocephalus scirpaceus. Tacumshin Lake is an important site for passage waders, including Philomachus pugnax, Calidris minuta, Calidris ferruginea, Tringa ochropus and the very scarce Tringa glareola. The lagoon supports the Red Data charophyte species Chara canescens, as well as populations of Otanthus maritimus and Centaurium pulchellum.

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]
HA01o
LA04i
HA04o
MA08o
LF03.01i
HG01.02i
MG01.08i
MJ02.05i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
HA01o
LA04i
HA04o
LF03.01i
MJ02.05i

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

Colhoun, K. (2001). I-WeBS Report 1998-99. BirdWatch Ireland, Dublin. Curtis, T.G.F. and Sheehy Skeffington, M.J. (1998). The salt marshes of Ireland: an inventory and account of their geographical variation. Biology and Environment, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 98B: 87-104. Galvin, P. (1992). The Ecology of the Brackish-water Lagoons of Wexford and East Cork. M.Sc. thesis, University College, Dublin. Healy, B. (1999). Irish Coastal Lagoon Survey, 1998. Vol 1, Part 1. Background, Description and Summary of the Surveys. Dúchas the Heritage Service. Healy, B. and Oliver, G.A. (1998). Irish coastal lagoons: summary of a survey. Bulletin of the Irish Biogeographical Society 21: 116-151. Hunt, J., Derwin, J., Coveney, J. and Newton, S. (2000). Republic of Ireland. Pp. 365-416 in Heath, M.F. and Evans, M.I. (eds). Important Bird Areas in Europe: Priority Sites for Conservation 1: Northern Europe. Cambridge, UK: BirdLife International (BirdLife Conservation Series No. 8). Hurley, J. (1994). The South Wexford Coast, Ireland - A Natural Heritage Coastline. Kilmore. Irish Wetland Birds Survey (I-WeBS) Database, 1994/95-2000/01. BirdWatch Ireland, Dublin. Merne, O.J. (1989). Important bird areas in the Republic of Ireland. In: Grimmett, R.F.A. and Jones, T.A. (eds). Important Bird Areas in Europe. ICBP Technical Publication No. 9. Cambridge. Moore, D. and Wilson, F. (1999). National Shingle Beach Survey of Ireland 1999. Unpublished report to National Parks and Wildlife Service, Dublin. Orford, J.D. and Carter, R.W.G. (1982). Geomorphological changes on the barrier coasts of South Wexford. Irish Geography 15: 70-71. Praeger, R.L. (1934). The Botanist in Ireland. Hodges and Figgis, Dublin. Ruz, M-H. (1989). Recent evolution of the southeast barrier coast of Ireland. Journal of Coastal Research 5: 523-539. Sheppard, R. (1993). Ireland's Wetland Wealth. IWC, Dublin. Smiddy, P. and O'Mahony, B. (1997). The status of reed warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus in Ireland. Irish Birds 6: 23-28. Stewart, N. and Church, I. (1992). Red Data Books of Britain and Ireland: Stoneworts. JNCC, Peterborough.

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
IE0590.00

5.2 Relation of the described site with other sites:

Designated at national or regional level:

Type code Site name Type Cover [%]
IE05Tacumshin Lake Wildfowl Sanctuary+90.00

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.SPA.IE0004092
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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