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Special Areas of Conservation

Aughnadarragh Lough

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Northern Ireland
Unitary Authority Northern Ireland
Centroid* J442593
Latitude 54.4625
Longitude -5.774444444
SAC EU Code UK0030318
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 12.8
* 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 Aughnadarragh Lough SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (15.9%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (29.5%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (44.1%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (10.6%)

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • 1065 Marsh fritillary butterfly Euphydryas (Eurodryas, Hypodryas) aurinia

    Aughnadarragh Lough contains a variety of wetland habitats, including lake, fen, cutover bog and wet grassland. The area is particularly notable as one of the longest-established colonies of the marsh fritillary butterfly Euphydryas aurinia in Northern Ireland. The species was first recorded in 1984, with records in most years since then, and annually since 1990.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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