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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

IE0004159

1.3 Site name

Slyne Head to Ardmore Point Islands SPA

1.4 First Compilation date

2011-10

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 classified as SPA:2011-10
National legal reference of SPA designationS.I. 177 of 2012

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-9.965747
Latitude:53.346577

2.2 Area [ha]

3377.6769

2.3 Marine area [%]

91.0830

2.4 Sitelength [km] (optional):


No information provided

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


No habitat types are reported for the site

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.
BA045Branta leucopsis    646  646   
BA195Sterna albifrons    41  41   
BA194Sterna paradisaea    582  582   
BA191Sterna sandvicensis    126  126   
  • 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)


No information provided

4. SITE DESCRIPTION

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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover
N0160.00
N2440.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

The site includes a number of islands along the Connemara coast, Co. Galway, from Slyne Head to Kilkieran Bay. It is characterised by a large number of small, uninhabited islands, rocks and skerries. Some of the islands are up to 4 km from the mainland, whilst others are in very shallow waters close to the shoreline. The larger islands in the site include Inishlackan, Croaghnakeela Island, St Macdara’s Island, Masson Island, Birmore Island, Freaghillaun, Illaunamid and Illaunurra. Most of the larger islands support maritime grassland; machair occurs on Masson Island. The surrounding seas to a distance of 200 m, which are used as foraging areas by terns and other seabirds, are included within the site.

4.2 Quality and importance

The islands within the site support an internationally important wintering population of Branta leucopsis (646 – 4 survey mean between 1993 and 2003). Since 1993, aerial surveys have recorded between 523 (1993) and 875 (2003) birds within the site. The count in 2003 represented approximately 10% of the national total. The islands used by the geese include St Macdara’s Island, Croaghnakeela Island, Illaunacroagh More, Illaunacroagh Beg, Inishmuskerry and Birmore Island.The site is also a traditional breeding area for a number of tern species, with nationally important populations of three species occurring, i.e. Sterna sandvicensis (126 pairs in 1995, or 4% of the All-Ireland population), Sterna paradisaea (582 pairs in 1995, approximately 19% of the All-Ireland total) and Sterna albifrons (41 pairs in 1995, 24% of the All-Ireland total). Sterna hirundo (24 pairs in 1995) and Sterna dougalii (5 pairs in 1984) have also been recorded breeding within the site. The terns can use different islands between years.

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]
LG01i
LH03b
HM02b
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

4.4 Ownership (optional)


No information provided

4.5 Documentation (optional)

Hannon, C. (1997). The 1995 All-Ireland Tern Survey. BirdWatch Ireland Conservation Report No. 97/1. Hannon, C., Berrow, S.D. and Newton S.F. (1997). The status and distribution of breeding Sandwich Sterna sandvicensis, Roseate S. dougallii, Common S. hirundo, Arctic S. paradisaea and Little Terns S. albifrons in Ireland in 1995. Irish Birds 6: 1-22.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). Lloyd, C. (1982). Inventory of Seabird Breeding Colonies in Republic of Ireland. Unpublished report, Forest and Wildlife Service, Dublin.Lloyd, C., Tasker, M.L. and Partridge, K. (1991). The Status of Seabirds in Britain and Ireland. Poyser, London. Whilde, A. (1985). The All Ireland Tern Survey 1984. Unpublished report for the Irish Wildbird Conservancy, 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.SPA.IE0004159
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
X
No

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