|Unitary Authority||Northern Ireland|
|SAC EU Code||UK0016619|
|Status||Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)|
|* 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.|
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%)
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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
6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites)
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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