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Appropriate Assessment Screening Report

Draft Proposed Variation No. 4 of the Louth County Development Plan 2009-2015.
In line with the requirements of Article 6(3) of the EU Habitats Directive

February 2012



Chapter 1

Introduction 1
1.1 Introduction 1

1.2 Legislation 1

1.3 EU Birds Directive 2

1.4 EU Habitats Directive 2

1.5 The AA Process 3

1.6 Screening Guidance 4

1.7 Description of Variation No 4 of Louth County Development Plan 2009-2015 4
Chapter 2

Natura 2000 Sites 9
2.1 Introduction 9

2.2 Special Protection Areas in County Louth 12

2.2.1 Conservation Objectives 12

2.3 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in County Louth 14 2.3.1 Conservation Objectives 14


Chapter 3

Assessment of Likely Effects on Natura 2000 Sites 19
3.1 Introduction 19

3.2 Describe any likely direct, indirect or secondary impacts of the project

(either alone or in combination with other plans or projects) on the

Natura 2000 Site by virtue of: 20

3.2.1 Size and Scale 20

3.2.2 Land Take 20

3.2.3 Transportation Requirements 20

3.2.4 Duration of Construction, Operation, Decommissioning, etc: 20

3.2.5 Other 21

3.3 Describe any likely changes to the sites 21

3.4 Describe any likely impacts on the Natura 2000 Sites as a whole 21

3.5 Finding of No Significant Effect Report Matrix 22


Chapter 4

Conclusions and initial determination of screening report by Louth County Council 28

4.1 Conclusions and initial determination of screening report by Louth County Council 28



Chapter 5

Statutory Consultation 30

5.1 Statutory Consultation 30




List of Tables
Introduction

1.1 Special Protection Areas (SPA) in County Louth 2

1.2 Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in County Louth 3

1.3 Screening of proposed amendments and additions to policy 4


Natura 2000 Sites

2.1 Conservation Objectives of SPAs in Louth 12

2.2 Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in County Louth 14

2.3 Conservation Objectives for Each of the SAC 14

2.4 Natura 2000 Sites located within a 20km radius from Louth County 16

2.5 Natura 2000 Sites located in County Meath 17


Assessment of Likely Effects on Natura 2000 Sites

3.1 Assessment of Likely Effects on Natura 2000 Sites 24

3.2 Impact within the County 25

3.3 Impact outside the County 27


Conclusions and initial determination of screening report by Louth County Council

4.1 Specific Policy for Natura 2000 Protection within the Louth County Development

Plan 2009-2015 29

List of Maps
Introduction

1.1 Map of County Louth 8



Natura 2000 Sites

2.1 Special Area of Conservation within County Louth 10

2.2 Special Protection Areas in County Louth 11

2.3 Natura 2000 Sites located within a 20km radius from County Louth 18


Appendix
Appendix 1

Map 3.2 of the Louth County Development Plan 2009-2015 31



1 Introduction


    1. Introduction

The EU Habitats Directive requires the competent authorities to undertake appropriate assessments of any plan or project not directly connected with or necessary to the management of a Natura 2000 site but likely to have a significant effect thereon, either individually or in combination with other plans or projects. The EU Birds and Habitat Directives set out procedures and obligations in relation to nature conservation management in Member States in general, and to Natura 2000 sites and their habitats and species in particular.


This assessment examines the implications of proceeding with a proposed Variation to the County Development Plan in view of the Natura 2000 sites and the Louth conservation objectives. In light of the conclusions of the assessment of the implications for the existing sites, the competent authorities shall agree to the plan or project only after having ascertained that it will not adversely affect the integrity of any sites concerned and, if appropriate, after having obtained the opinion of the general public.
If the assessment concludes that the plan or project will have a negative impact on the site, it may only proceed and be carried out for imperative reasons of overriding public interest as outlined in the Directive and the member state concerned shall take all compensatory measures to ensure that the overall coherence of the Natura 2000 site is protected. The European Commission must be informed where this occurs.


    1. Legislation

The requirements for a Habitats Directive Assessment (HDA) are set out in the E.U. Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC Articles 6(3) and 6(4) of this Directive state:


6(3) Any plan or project not directly connected with or necessary to the management of the site but likely to have a significant effect thereon, either individually or in combination with other plans or projects, shall be subject to appropriate assessment of its implications for the site in view of the site's conservation objectives. In light of the conclusions of the assessment of the implications for the site and subject to the provisions of paragraph 4, the competent national authorities shall agree to the plan or project only after having ascertained that it will not adversely affect the integrity of the site concerned and, if appropriate, after having obtained the opinion of the general public.
6 (4) If, in spite of a negative assessment of the implications for the site and in the absence of alternative solutions, a plan or project must nevertheless be carried out for imperative reasons of overriding public interest, including those of a social or economic nature, the Member State shall take all compensatory measures necessary to ensure that the overall coherence of Natura 2000 is protected. It shall inform the Commission of the compensatory measures adopted. Where the site concerned hosts a priority natural habitat type and/or a priority species, the only considerations which may be raised are those relating to human health or public safety, to beneficial consequences of primary importance for the environment or, further to an opinion from the Commission, to other imperative reasons of overriding public interest (IROPI).

In addition, Article 10 of the Habitats Directive states that;


10 Member States shall endeavour, where they consider it necessary, in their land-use planning and development policies and, in particular, with a view to improving the ecological coherence of the Natura 2000 network, to encourage the management of features of the landscape which are of major importance for wild fauna and flora. Such features are those which, by virtue of their linear and continuous structure (such as rivers with their banks or the traditional systems for marking field boundaries) or their function as stepping stones (such as ponds or small woods), are essential for the migration, dispersal and genetic exchange of wild species.


    1. EU Birds Directive

The EU Birds Directive (Council Directive 79/409/EEC on the conservation of wild birds) is the EU’s oldest piece of nature legislation and one of the most important. It created a comprehensive scheme of protection for all wild bird species naturally occurring in the Union.

The directive recognises that habitat loss and degradation are the most serious threats to the conservation of wild birds. It therefore places great emphasis on the protection of habitats for endangered as well as migratory species (listed in Annex I), especially through the establishment of a coherent network of Special Protection Areas (SPAs) comprising all the most suitable territories for these species. Since 1994 all SPAs form an integral part of the Natura 2000 ecological network.

Table 1.1: Special Protection Areas (SPA) in County Louth


Site Code

Site Name

Site Characterisation

004026

Dundalk Bay

Coastal/Estuarine

004078

Carlingford Lough

Coastal

004080

Boyne Estuary

Coastal/ Estuarine

004091

Stabannan–Braganstown

Alluvial Plain

004232

River Boyne and River Blackwater

Estuarine




    1. EU Habitats Directive

The Habitats Directive (together with the Birds Directive) forms the cornerstone of Europe's nature conservation policy. It is built around two key factors which are the Natura 2000 network of protected sites and a strict system of species protection. The directive protects over 1,000 animals and plant species and over 200 location based "habitat types" (e.g. special types of forests, meadows, wetlands, etc.), which are of European importance. The aim of the directive is “to contribute towards ensuring biodiversity through the conservation of natural habitats of wild fauna and flora in the European territory of the Member States to which the treaty applies”. Any actions taken must be designed to “maintain or restore at a favourable conservation status natural habitats and species of wild fauna and flora of Community interest”. The directive provides for the creation of protected sites known as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) for a number of habitat types and certain species of flora and fauna. The Directive was transposed into Irish law by the European Communities (Natural Habitats) Regulations, SI 94/1997.



Article 6(3) of the Directive requires that an Appropriate Assessment (AA), or screening for Appropriate Assessment, be undertaken to determine the impact of plans and projects on Natura 2000 sites, which would include land use plans such as the Dundalk Core Strategy. The Department of the Environment Heritage and Local Government (DoEHLG) has prepared guidelines on the incorporation of the Habitats Directive Assessment including the Appropriate Assessment process into Irish plan making.

Table 1.2: Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in County Louth


Site Code

Site Name

Site Characterisation

000455

Dundalk Bay

Coastal/Estuarine

000453

Carlingford Mountain

Mountain

002306

Carlingford shore

Coastal

001459

Clogherhead

Coastal

001957

Boyne Coast and Estuary

Coastal

002299

River Boyne and River Blackwater

Estuarine



    1. The AA Process

  • Stage 1: Screening

The first step to establishing if an appropriate assessment is required is referred to as ‘screening’ and its purpose is to determine on the basis of a preliminary assessment and objective criteria if the plan, alone or in combination with other plans or projects, could have a significant effect on a Natura 2000 site in view of the sites conservation objectives. The process identifies any likely impacts upon a Natura 2000 Site, either alone or in combination with other projects or plans, and considers whether these impacts are likely to be significant.


  • Stage 2: Appropriate Assessment

The consideration of the impact of the project or plan on the integrity of the Natura 2000 Site, either alone or in combination with other projects or plans to the site’s structure and function and its conservation objectives. Additionally, where there are adverse impacts, an assessment of the potential mitigation of those impacts.


  • Stage 3: Alternative Solutions

The process which examines alternative ways of achieving the objectives of the project or plan that avoid adverse impacts on the integrity of the Natura 2000 site


  • Stage 4: Imperative Reasons of Overriding Public Interest

This stage is the main derogation process of Article 6(4) which examines whether there are imperative reasons of overriding public interest (IROPI) for allowing a plan or project which will have adverse effects on the integrity of a Natura 2000 site to proceed.

    1. Screening Guidance

The document ‘Appropriate Assessment of Plans and Projects in Ireland – Guidance for Planning Authorities’ published in February 2010 sets out the criteria which should be adhered to in the screening report.




    1. Description of Variation No 4 of Louth County Development Plan 2009-2015.

The Planning Authority is proposing this Variation to the Louth County Development Plan 2009 – 2015.


Table 1.3: Screening of proposed amendments and additions to policy.

(Proposed amendments to policy are highlighted in red.)


Proposed amendment / additions to policy



Chapter 3 Rural Development and Natural Resources


Amendment to policy RD 5: Rural based enterprises
To encourage the development of alternative rural based enterprises, including home based enterprises, where the scale and nature of such enterprises are not detrimental to the amenity of the area, adjoining dwellings and where the proposal can meet all other planning requirements. Any proposals must demonstrate an intrinsic link to the rural area and be of a scale commensurate with the rural area. Large scale industrial and/or commercial enterprises which are more appropriately located in settlements will not be acceptable.



Amendment to Policy RD 32: Development Zone 1
To permit only very limited development appropriate to these sensitive landscapes. This would include limited one-off housing**, active recreational amenities such as pedestrian and cycle paths, equestrian trails, ecological corridors, small scale ancillary recreational facilities, agriculture and related activities. Certain unique, location tied or resource based developments and renewable energy schemes will be open to consideration.

**The qualifying criteria in respect of one-off rural housing in Development Zone 1 is restricted to Qualifying Criteria numbers 2 and 5 as set out in Section 4.6.2 in Chapter 4.


Chapter 4 Settlement Strategy



New Policy SS 22 (I)
To apply a presumption against granting planning permission within Development Zone 1 where there is an alternative site available in zones 2, 3, 4 and 5.


New Policy SS 23 (I): Local Area
To consider the local area for the purposes of assessing one-off rural housing applications encompassing a maximum radius from the Louth County border of 0.5 km. Applicants must demonstrate compliance with the qualifying criteria as detailed in Section 4.6.2.
Any development permitted must accord with the policies applicable to the relevant Development Zone located within County Louth
New Policy SS 23 (II)
To only consider the removal of occupancy conditions by way of a planning application made to the effect of seeking the retention of the dwelling together with removal of the occupancy condition. The planning authority in assessing such cases must be satisfied that there is genuine hardship arising from the inability of the applicant to dispose of the property. As such the authority will require;


  • Written evidence from the financial institution responsible for the applicant’s financial affairs verifying the nature and scale of the difficulties being encountered




  • In cases where there is a health problem which necessitates disposal of the property, the application should be supported by relevant documentation from a registered medical consultant.

Sales of dwellings qualifying under these extreme circumstances will not attract the requirement that potential purchasers must be eligible under the appropriate qualifying criteria for the area.


New Policy SS 23 (III)
In those cases where for financial or other reasons, construction has been suspended on a rural dwelling indefinitely, the Council will consider removing restrictions on the purchase of such dwellings to permit their completion. In all cases the Council must be satisfied that works are in situ. The planning authority will only consider the lifting of occupancy conditions by way of a planning application made to the effect of seeking the retention and completion of the dwelling together with removal of the occupancy condition. The planning authority in assessing such cases must be satisfied that there is genuine hardship arising from the inability of the applicant to dispose of the property. As such the authority will require;

  • Written evidence from the financial institution responsible for the applicant’s financial affairs verifying the nature and scale of the difficulties being encountered




  • In cases where there is a health problem which necessitates disposal of the property, the application should be supported by relevant documentation from a registered medical consultant.

Sales of dwellings qualifying under these extreme circumstances will not attract the requirement that potential purchasers must be eligible under the appropriate qualifying criteria for the area. This shall not apply in those cases where a planning permission has expired, is applicable only where the planning authority is satisfied that works commenced prior to 1st February 2012 and this provision shall cease to have effect from 16th November 2015.





Amendment to Policy SS 34: Accommodation for Dependent Relatives
To facilitate the provision of accommodation for older people and dependant relatives within the curtilage of the existing family home by way of extension or conversion of an existing garage or outbuilding subject to the compliance with the above criteria.


Amendment to Policy SS 35: Site size
Policy SS 35
To require that each site for a new dwelling within all Development Zones shall have a minimum area of not less than 0.2 hectares. In those cases where the proposed dwelling is in excess of 200m2, the site size shall be correspondingly increased incrementally by a ratio of 20m2 for each 1.0m2 additional floor area of the proposed dwelling. This stipulation will not apply to applications made under policy SS 34.



Amendment to Policy SS 36: Ribbon development
To prevent the creation of ribbon development by not permitting more than four houses in a row along any public road. A minimum gap of 400 250 metres shall be maintained between such developments. An exception to this requirement may be considered where the dwelling is required to meet the housing needs of a son/daughter/foster child of a qualifying landowner and where the planning authority is satisfied that there is no other suitable site available on the landholding.




Amendment to Policy SS 37: Ribbon development
To preserve a clear break of a minimum of 400 250 metres between the boundary of existing settlements and any permitted development along adjoining roads.



Amendment to Policy SS 40: Extensions to dwellings
To limit the size of extensions to not more than 100% of the floor area of the original dwelling subject to the dwelling/site size ratio requirements detailed in Policy SS 35.
In those cases where the original dwelling is of a scale not compatible with modern living standards, the permitted 100% extension stipulation may be waivered on a case by case basis to permit the creation of a dwelling space which is compatible with contemporary standards.



New Policy SS 40(I): Extensions to dwellings
Extensions to dwellings on site sizes less than 0.2 hectares will be considered depending on the history, context, location and capacity of the site together with the proposed design.


Amendment to Policy SS 44 : Garages
To limit the size and scale of detached domestic garages and other domestic outbuildings to 50 100 square metres, taken cumulatively in order to reduce the combined visual impact of the house and garage and/or and other domestic outbuildings on the character of the landscape and to protect the amenities of adjoining residential property.



Chapter 8 Transport and Communications


Amendment to Policy TC 7: Road Infrastructure
To prohibit all developments within 100 metres of the fence line of the M1 motorway and Newry to Dundalk link road (N1/A1), outside of any zoned land.

Development proposals of a residential or other nature within 100 metres of either the M1 Motorway or the N1/A1 National Route will be resisted in all but exceptional circumstances. Any development assessed under this policy will be subject to the provisions of Policy ENV 4 and 5.





Appendix 11



Amendment to Map 3.2: Greenore Map
Make adjustment to Development Zone boundaries (Appendix 1,1 Map 3.2) to include the townland of Greenore in Development Zone 5 as opposed to Development Zone 3 as detailed by attachment.




Map 1.1: County Map


2 Natura 2000 Sites
2.1 Introduction
There are two types of EU designated sites in County Louth. These comprise Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs). EU law requires planning authorities to have regard to the integrity and conservation objectives of these sites when considering development proposals in their vicinity.
Louth County includes 5 SPAs and 6 SACs

A summary of each of the designated sites are outlined below and a summary of the implications of the Variation on the sites is discussed with respect to the HDA. The overall aim of the Habitats Directive is to maintain or restore the favourable conservation status of habitats and species of community interest.


These habitats and species are listed in the Habitats and Birds Directives and Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas are designated to afford protection to the most vulnerable of them. These two designations are collectively known as the Natura 2000 network.
The maintenance of habitats and species within Natura 2000 sites at favourable conservation condition will contribute to the overall maintenance of favourable conservation status of those habitats and species at a national level. (NPWS, July 2011)
Favourable conservation status of a habitat is achieved when:


  • its natural range, and area it covers within that range, are stable or increasing, and




  • the specific structure and functions which are necessary for its long‐term maintenance exist and are likely to continue to exist for the foreseeable future, and




  • the conservation status of its typical species is favourable.

The favourable conservation status of a species is achieved when:




  • population dynamics data on the species concerned indicate that it is maintaining itself on a long‐term basis as a viable component of its natural habitats, and




  • the natural range of the species is neither being reduced nor is likely to be reduced for the foreseeable future, and




  • there is, and will probably continue to be, a sufficiently large habitat to maintain its populations on a long‐term basis.


Map 2.1: Special Areas of Conservation within County Louth.


Map 2.2: Special Protection Areas in County Louth


2.2 Special Protection Areas (SPAs) in County Louth
The statutory basis for Special Protection Areas in Ireland lies with the EU Birds Directive (79 / 409 / EEC). Due to the long distances over which birds fly as part of their migratory patterns, the EU Birds Directive provides for a network of sites in all Member States to protect birds at their breeding, feeding, roosting and wintering areas. It identifies species which are rare, in danger of extinction or vulnerable to changes in habitat and which need protection.
In Ireland, species include Bewicks and Whooper Swan, Greenland White-Fronted and Barnacle Geese, Corncrake, Golden Plover, Bar-Tailed Godwit, five species of tern, birds of prey including Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin as well as the Nightjar, Kingfisher and Chough.
Listed below are the SPA sites within County Louth and their conservation interests and objectives.
2.2.1 Conservation Objectives
Conservation Objectives for each of the SPAs have been detailed below from the best available data from the National Parks and Wildlife Service. This information is currently available by way of generic and specific conservation objectives and Natura 2000 data forms. As stated above the aim for all Natura sites is to either restore or maintain “favourable conservation status” of the habitats listed below.

Table 2.1: Conservation Objectives of SPAs in Louth. (NPWS, July 2011)



Dundalk Bay SPA (004026)


Main conservation objective:


To maintain the special conservation interests for this SPA at favourable conservation status:
A005 Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus wintering

A043 Greylag Goose Anser anser wintering

A046 Light‐bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota wintering

A048 Shelduck Tadorna tadorna wintering

A052 Teal Anas crecca wintering

A053 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos wintering

A054 Pintail Anas acuta wintering

A065 Common Scoter Melanitta nigra wintering

A069 Red‐breasted Merganser Mergus serrator wintering

A130 Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus wintering

A137 Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula wintering

A140 Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria wintering

A141 Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola wintering

A142 Lapwing Vanellus vanellus wintering

A143 Knot Calidris canutus wintering

A149 Dunlin Calidris alpina wintering

A156 Black‐tailed Godwit Limosa limosa wintering

A157 Bar‐tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica wintering

A160 Curlew Numenius arquata wintering

A162 Redshank Tringa totanus wintering

A179 Black‐headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus wintering

A182 Common Gull Larus canus wintering

A184 Herring Gull Larus argentatus wintering

A999 Wetlands & Waterbirds







Carlingford Lough (004078)


Conservation objective:


To maintain or restore the favourable conservation condition of the bird species listed as Special Conservation Interests for this SPA:
A046 Light‐bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota wintering

A069 Red‐breasted Merganser Mergus serrator wintering

A130 Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus wintering

A149 Dunlin Calidris alpina wintering

A157 Bar‐tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica wintering

A162 Redshank Tringa totanus wintering








Boyne Estuary (004080)


Conservation objective:



To maintain or restore the favourable conservation condition of the bird species listed as Special Conservation Interests for this SPA:

A046 Light‐bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota wintering

A048 Shelduck Tadorna tadorna wintering

A052 Teal Anas crecca wintering

A053 Mallard Anas platyrhynchos wintering

A069 Red‐breasted Merganser Mergus serrator wintering

A130 Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus wintering

A141 Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola wintering

A142 Lapwing Vanellus vanellus wintering

A143 Knot Calidris canutus wintering

A149 Dunlin Calidris alpina wintering

A156 Black‐tailed Godwit Limosa limosa wintering

A160 Curlew Numenius arquata wintering

A162 Redshank Tringa totanus wintering

A179 Black‐headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus wintering

A182 Common Gull Larus canus wintering



A999 Wetlands & Waterbirds




Stabannan- Braganstown (004091)


Conservation objective:


To maintain or restore the favourable conservation condition of the bird species listed as Special Conservation Interests for this SPA:
A043 Greylag Goose Anser anser wintering






River Boyne and River Blackwater (004232)


Conservation objective:


To maintain or restore the favourable conservation condition of the bird species listed as Special Conservation Interests for this SPA:


  • Alcedo atthis, Kingfisher, breeding



2.3 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in County Louth
Special Areas of Conservation are considered to be important on a European as well as an Irish level. They were established under the 1992 Habitats Directive of the Council of the EU for the conservation of natural and semi-natural habitats and species of flora and fauna.
The Directive was transposed into Irish law in the European Union (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1997. The regulations set out how these SAC’s are to be protected and managed by the relevant Planning Authorities. The Directive lists certain habitats and species that must be protected within SAC’s. Irish habitats include raised bogs, blanket bogs, turloughs, sand dunes, machair (flat sandy plains on the north and west coasts), heaths, lakes, rivers, woodlands, estuaries and sea inlets.

Table 2.2 : Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) in County Louth


Site Code

Site Name

Site Characterisation

000455

Dundalk Bay

Coastal/Estuarine

000453

Carlingford Mountain

Mountain

002306

Carlingford shore

Coastal

001459

Clogherhead

Coastal

001957

Boyne Coast and Estuary

Coastal

002299

River Boyne and River Blackwater

Estuarine



2.3.1 Conservation Objectives
Conservation Objectives for each of the SACs have been detailed below from the best available data from the National Parks and Wildlife Service. This information is currently available by way of generic and specific conservation objectives and Natura 2000 data forms. As stated above the aim for all Natura sites is to either restore or maintain “favourable conservation status” of the habitats listed below.

Table 2.3 : Conservation Objectives for each of the SAC



Dundalk Bay SAC (00455)


Objectives.

To maintain the Annex I habitats for which the SAC has been selected at

favourable conservation status:




  • 1130 Estuaries

  • 1140 Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide

  • 1220 Perennial vegetation of stony banks

  • 1310 Salicornia and other annuals colonizing mud and sand

  • 1330 Atlantic salt meadows (GlaucoPuccinellietalia maritimae)

  • 1410 Mediterranean salt meadows (Juncetalia maritimi)








Carlingford Mountain SAC (000453)


Site is selected for:

To maintain the favourable conservation condition of the Annex I habitat(s) and/or the Annex II species for which the SAC has been selected:




  • [4060] Alpine and Boreal heaths

  • [8110] Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsietalia ladani)

  • [8210] Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation

  • 8220] Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation





Carlingford Shore SAC (02306)


Conservation Objectives

To maintain the favourable conservation condition of the Annex I habitat(s) and/or the Annex II species for which the SAC has been selected:

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

  • Annual vegetation of drift lines [1210]

  • Perennial vegetation of stony banks [1220]

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





Clougherhead SAC (001459)


Conservation

Objectives

To maintain or restore the favourable conservation condition of the Annex I habitat(s) and/or the Annex II species for which the SAC has been selected:


  • [1230] Vegetated sea cliffs of the Atlantic and Baltic coasts

  • [4030] European dry heaths



Boyne Coast and Estuary SAC (001957)


Conservation Objectives

To maintain or restore the favourable conservation condition of the Annex I habitat(s) and/or the Annex II species for which the SAC has been selected:


  • [1130] Estuaries

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

  • [1310] Salicornia and other annuals colonizing mud and sand

  • [1330] Atlantic salt meadows (GlaucoPuccinellietalia maritimae)

  • [1410] Mediterranean salt meadows (Juncetalia maritimi)

  • [2110] Embryonic shifting dunes

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

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




River Boyne and River Blackwater SAC (002299)


Conservation objectives.

To maintain or restore the favourable conservation condition of the Annex I habitat(s) and/or the Annex II species for which the SAC has been selected:


  • [1099] Lampetra fluviatilis , River Lamprey

  • [1106] Salmo salar (only in fresh water) Atlantic Salmon

  • [1355] Lutra lutra, European Otter

  • [7230] Alkaline fens

  • Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (AlnoPadion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae)


Table 2.4: Natura 2000 Sites located In Northern Ireland within a 20km radius from Louth County.


Site Code

Site Name

Site Characterisation

UK0016615

Eastern Mournes

Mountain

UK0016620

Derrylackagh

Bogs

UK0030277

Slieve Gullion

Heathland

UK0030268

Rostrevor Wood

Dry Heath/ Blanket bog

UK9020161

Carlingford Lough (County Down)

Foreshore
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