West of Ardara/Maas Road SAC

Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code IE0000197)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since January 2002
  • Country: Ireland
  • Administrative region: Border, Midland and Western (IE01)
  • Surface area: 67 km2 (6733.41 ha)
  • Marine area: 33%
  • Located in Atlantic biogeographical region
  • It protects 27 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 26 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (27)
Species group Number
Birds 19
Fishes 1
Flowering Plants 1
Invertebrates 3
Mammals 2
Mosses & Liverworts 1

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
1130 Estuaries 1530.27
1140 Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide 1259.33
1160 Large shallow inlets and bays 687.681
1210 Annual vegetation of drift lines 4.19
1330 Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae) 32.01
1410 Mediterranean salt meadows (Juncetalia maritimi) 47.41
2110 Embryonic shifting dunes 15.73
2120 Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria ('white dunes') 19.618
2130 Fixed coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation ('grey dunes') 408.645
2140 Decalcified fixed dunes with Empetrum nigrum 67.39
2150 Atlantic decalcified fixed dunes (Calluno-Ulicetea) 10.199
2170 Dunes with Salix repens ssp argentea (Salicion arenariae) 2.5
2190 Humid dune slacks 12.31
21A0 Machairs (* in Ireland) 88.584
3110 Oligotrophic waters containing very few minerals of sandy plains (Littorelletalia uniflorae) 67.39
3130 Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the Isoeto-Nanojuncetea 119.288
4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix 539.12
4030 European dry heaths 404.34
4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths 202.17
5130 Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands 134.78
6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites) 67.39
6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae) 134.78
6510 Lowland hay meadows (Alopecurus pratensis, Sanguisorba officinalis) 67.39
7130 Blanket bogs (* if active bog) 876.08
7150 Depressions on peat substrates of the Rhynchosporion 67.39
7230 Alkaline fens 67.39

Designation information

NATURA 2000 is the ecological network for the conservation of wild animals and plant species and natural habitats of Community importance within the Union. It consists of sites classified under the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive (the Nature Directives).

NATURA 2000 site under

Birds Directive 2009/147/EC (SPA) Not under Birds directive
Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC (SCI) Under Habitats directive
  • Date proposed as Site of Community Importance (SCI)
January 2002
  • Date confirmed as Site of Community Importance
Not available
Date of Standard data form update September 2019

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