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Special Areas of Conservation

Monawilkin

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Northern Ireland
Unitary Authority Northern Ireland
Centroid* H090533
Latitude 54.42916667
Longitude -7.861111111
SAC EU Code UK0016619
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 175.25
* This is the approximate central point of the SAC. In the case of large, linear or composite sites, this may not represent the location where a feature occurs within the SAC.
Location of Monawilkin SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (3%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (5%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (13%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (50%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (14%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (15%)

Download the Natura 2000 standard data form for this site as submitted to Europe (PDF <100kb)

Note When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Monawilkin is floristically the richest example of blue moor-grass Sesleria grassland in Northern Ireland and represents this variant of semi-natural dry grasslands. The Monawilkin example is rather different from other Sesleria-dominated grasslands in the UK in that it includes species such as eyebright Euphrasia salisburgensis. Although relatively small, the site contains a range of slopes and aspects and an excellent range of transitions to other habitats, including cliffs, screes, flushes, heath and scrub. It also has an important invertebrate fauna.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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