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Special Areas of Conservation

Banagher Glen

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Northern Ireland
Unitary Authority Northern Ireland
Centroid* C672045
Latitude 54.8836
Longitude -6.9528
SAC EU Code UK0030083
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 87.9
* 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 Banagher Glen SAC

General site character

  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (5%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (2%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (4%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (89%)

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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

  • Banagher Glen in the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains is one of the largest and least disturbed examples of old sessile oak woods in Northern Ireland. The site has a long history of continuous woodland cover, and has a well-developed structure with a range of different layers present. The naturalness of the wood is exemplified by the low number of non-native species and the relative abundance of old trees and epiphytes. The acid woodland flora is characterised by a canopy of sessile oak Quercus petraea and occasional downy birch Betula pubescens, with a ground flora of grasses, including wavy hair-grass Deschampsia flexuosa, and calcifuge mosses such as Rhytidiadelphus loreus. Where grazing is absent, bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus is dominant. Where conditions are rather less acidic, hazel Corylus avellana is occasional in the shrub layer, with great wood-rush Luzula sylvatica and bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta in the ground flora. The wood contains a rich variety of plants and includes a number of notable bryophytes and lichens.

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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