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

IE0004219

1.3 Site name

Courtmacsherry Bay SPA

1.4 First Compilation date

2010-04

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:2010-05
National legal reference of SPA designation No information provided

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-8.695368
Latitude:51.636240

2.2 Area [ha]

1298.7089

2.3 Marine area [%]

70.8000

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


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.
BA050Anas penelope    934  934   
BA149Calidris alpina    1353  1353   
BA003Gavia immer    27  27   
BA130Haematopus ostralegus    610  610   
BA182Larus canus    2226  2226   
BA179Larus ridibundus    2727  2727   
BA157Limosa lapponica    182  182   
BA156Limosa limosa    506  506   
BA069Mergus serrator    63  63   
BA160Numenius arquata    1357  1357   
BA140Pluvialis apricaria    5759  5759   
BA048Tadorna tadorna    175  175   
BA164Tringa nebularia    26  26   
BA142Vanellus vanellus    2713  2713   
  • 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
N0140.00
N0247.00
N0310.00
N041.00
N152.00

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

Courtmacsherry Bay is situated approximately 12 km south of Bandon and immediately west of the village of Timoleague in west Co. Cork. The site, which is largely estuarine in nature, consists of the drowned valley of the Argideen River that is now filled with sediment. This results in extensive mudflats and areas of saltmarsh. Most of the mudflats are unvegetated but Cord-grass Spartina anglica occurs in places. The estuary of the Kilbrittain River in the north-east of the site holds the best area of salt marsh. The seaward boundary of the site stretches from Coolmain Point to Barry Point, and includes Coolmain Bay and Broadstrand Bay.

4.2 Quality and importance

Courtmacsherry Bay is an important site for wintering waterfowl. It supports internationally important numbers of Limosa limosa and nationally important numbers of eleven other species: Gavia immer, Pluvialis apricaria, Tadorna tadorna, Anas penelope, Mergus serrator, Vanellus vanellus, Calidris alpina, Limosa lapponica, Numenius arquata, Larus ridibundus and Larus canus. It is among the top ten Irish sites for Larus canus. The population of Limosa limosa is substantial (3.7% of the all-Ireland total) and of special note because, despite its relatively small size, the site is among the top ten Irish sites for this species. Haematopus ostralegus and Tringa nebularia also occur in significant numbers.

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]
LA04i
LE03.01i
LG01.01i
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
LA04i
LG01.01i

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)

Crowe, O. (2005). Ireland's Wetlands and their Waterbirds: Status and Distribution. BirdWatch Ireland, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow. Crowe, O., Austin, G.A., Colhoun, K., Cranswick P.A., Kershaw, M. and Musgrove, A.J. (2008). Estimates and trends of waterbirds numbers wintering in Ireland 1994/95 to 2003/04. Bird Study 55: 66-77.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). McGarrigle, M.L., Bowman, J.J., Clabby, K.J., Lucey, J., Cunningham, P., MacCarthaigh, M., Keegan, M., Cantrell, B., Lehane, M., Clenaghan, C. and Toner, P.F. (2002). Water Quality in Ireland 1998-2000. Environmental Protection Agency, Wexford. 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. Mitchell, P.I., Newton, S.F., Ratcliffe, N. and Dunn, T.E. (2004). Seabird Populations of Britain and Ireland. Poyser, London.Sheppard, R. (1993). Ireland's Wetland Wealth, IWC, 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.IE0004219
Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
X
No

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