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Special Areas of Conservation


Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Northern Ireland
Unitary Authority Northern Ireland
Centroid* C686309
Latitude 55.1206
Longitude -6.9247
SAC EU Code UK0030089
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 90.92
* 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 Binevenagh 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 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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