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Special Areas of Conservation

Slieve Gullion

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Northern Ireland
Unitary Authority Northern Ireland
Centroid* J023210
Latitude 54.12777778
Longitude -6.435
SAC EU Code UK0030277
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 612.7
* 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 Slieve Gullion SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (1%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (9%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (85%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (5%)

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

  • Slieve Gullion is one of the largest expanses of European dry heath in Northern Ireland. The site contains a number of dry heath communities, reflecting the wide range of environmental conditions. The most extensive community is dominated by heather Calluna vulgaris and has affinities to both H10 Calluna vulgarisErica cinerea heath and H12 Calluna vulgarisVaccinium myrtillus heath. On the lower slopes, there is a natural transition from upland communities to a mosaic of lowland grassland and heath, in which Calluna is associated with western gorse Ulex gallii and bell heather Erica cinerea. This community is equivalent to H8 Calluna vulgarisUlex gallii heath. A number of plants that are scarce in Northern Ireland have been recorded. These include cowberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea on the upper slopes, and U. gallii, which is associated with the lowland heath.

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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