|Unitary Authority||Northern Ireland|
|SAC EU Code||UK0030089|
|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
Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (12%)
Dry grassland, Steppes (80%)
Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (8%)
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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
Binevenagh is the only site representing Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation in Northern Ireland. The site comprises steeply-rising basalt cliffs with a range of chasmophytic species. Of particular interest is the remnant arctic-alpine flora, in addition to plants that are more usually associated with coastal locations. Species include mountain avens Dryas octopetala, moss campion Silene acaulis, purple saxifrage Saxifraga oppositifolia, thrift Armeria maritima and sea campion Silene uniflora. Notable bryophytes such as Tortula princeps also occur.
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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