West of Ardara/Maas Road SAC

Site Details

Site code
000197
Designation
Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
County
Donegal
Coordinates
Latitude: 54.8336
Longitude: -8.36722

Features of Interest

Estuaries [1130]

Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide [1140]

Large shallow inlets and bays [1160]

Annual vegetation of drift lines [1210]

Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae) [1330]

Mediterranean salt meadows (Juncetalia maritimi) [1410]

Embryonic shifting dunes [2110]

Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria (white dunes) [2120]

Fixed coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation (grey dunes) [2130]

Decalcified fixed dunes with Empetrum nigrum [2140]

Atlantic decalcified fixed dunes (Calluno-Ulicetea) [2150]

Dunes with Salix repens ssp. argentea (Salicion arenariae) [2170]

Humid dune slacks [2190]

Machairs (* in Ireland) [21A0]

Oligotrophic waters containing very few minerals of sandy plains (Littorelletalia uniflorae) [3110]

Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or Isoeto-Nanojuncetea [3130]

Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix [4010]

European dry heaths [4030]

Alpine and Boreal heaths [4060]

Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands [5130]

Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites) [6210]

Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae) [6410]

Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis) [6510]

Blanket bogs (* if active bog) [7130]

Depressions on peat substrates of the Rhynchosporion [7150]

Alkaline fens [7230]

Vertigo geyeri (Geyer's Whorl Snail) [1013]

Margaritifera margaritifera (Freshwater Pearl Mussel) [1029]

Euphydryas aurinia (Marsh Fritillary) [1065]

Salmo salar (Salmon) [1106]

Lutra lutra (Otter) [1355]

Phoca vitulina (Harbour Seal) [1365]

Petalophyllum ralfsii (Petalwort) [1395]

Najas flexilis (Slender Naiad) [1833]

Site Documents

Download Conservation Objectives

CO000197.pdf [19.30 MB]

Download Natura2000 form

NF000197.pdf [156 KB]

Download Site Synopsis

SY000197.pdf [160 KB]

Related Publications

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Title: The conservation status of juniper formations in Ireland [7.14 MB]
Year: 2012
Author: Cooper, F., Stone, R.E., McEvoy, P., Wilkins, T., Reid, N.
Series: Irish Wildlife Manual
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Title: Monitoring and Condition Assessment of Populations of Vertigo geyeri, Vertigo angustior and Vertigo moulinsiana in Ireland [3.28 MB]
Year: 2011
Author: Moorkens, E.A.; Killeen, I.J
Series: Irish Wildlife Manual
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Title: An Inventory of Mollusca in potential SAC sites [16.60 MB]
Year: 1998
Author: Moorkens, E.
Series: Unpublished Report
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Title: Coastal Monitoring Project 2004-2006 [2.67 MB]
Year: 2009
Author: Ryle, T.; Murray, A.; Connolly, C.; Swann, M.
Series: Unpublished Report
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Title: Saltmarsh Monitoring Project 2007-2008. Volume 2 [16.54 MB]
Year: 2009
Author: McCorry, M.; Ryle, T.
Series: Unpublished Report
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Title: Report on the conservation value of Irish coastal sites: Machair in Ireland [2.89 MB]
Year: 1983
Author: Bassett, A.
Series: Unpublished Report