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Special Areas of Conservation

Carn-Glenshane Pass

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Northern Ireland
Unitary Authority Northern Ireland
Centroid* C788075
Latitude 54.90888889
Longitude -6.771111111
SAC EU Code UK0030110
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1941.28
* 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 Carn-Glenshane Pass SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (85%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (5%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (10%)

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

  • 7130 Blanket bogs (* if active bog)  * Priority feature

    Carn – Glenshane Pass represents a large area of intact blanket bog within the Sperrin Mountains in Northern Ireland. The area is characterised by undulating topography and includes a large, well-developed hummock and pool system and extensive eroding hagg complexes within a thick mantle of blanket peat. The peatland vegetation generally supports a high dwarf-shrub cover of heather Calluna vulgaris and cross-leaved heath Erica tetralix together with a mixture of sedges including deergrass Trichophorum cespitosum and hare’s-tail cottongrass Eriophorum vaginatum. Bog-mosses are well-represented and include the hummock-forming species Sphagnum imbricatum and S. fuscum. Areas of flushed peat are more species-rich and include a variety of additional plants, including bog-sedge Carex limosa and dioecious sedge C. dioica.

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

  • Not Applicable

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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