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Special Areas of Conservation

Rostrevor Wood

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Northern Ireland
Unitary Authority Northern Ireland
Centroid* J186173
Latitude 54.09111111
Longitude -6.187222222
SAC EU Code UK0030268
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 16.65
* 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 Rostrevor Wood SAC

General site character

  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (96%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (4%)

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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

  • Rostrevor Wood occurs on the lower slopes of the Mourne Mountains in the south-east of Northern Ireland. As a result, it has a drier climate than most of the other examples of old sessile oak woods in Northern Ireland. The wood has a diverse structure with a tall and mature canopy dominated by oak Quercus spp., and a well-developed understorey of hazel Corylus avellana with occasional holly Ilex aquifolium and rowan Sorbus aucuparia. Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg., with bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus, honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum and ferns make up the field layer, and the dense ground flora is dominated by extensive carpets of great wood-rush Luzula sylvatica with scattered wood-sorrel Oxalis acetosella. The wood supports a number of plant species that are scarce in Northern Ireland, such as toothwort Lathraea squamaria, bird’s-nest orchid Neottia nidus-avis and wood fescue Festuca altissima.

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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