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Special Areas of Conservation


Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are those which have been given greater protection under the European legislation of The Habitat's Directive. They have been designated because of a possible threat to the special habitats or species which they contain and to provide increased protection to a variety of animals, plants and habitats of importance to biodiversity both on a national and international scale.

There are currently 59 SACs designated in Northern Ireland and 54 of them are featured on the map below.

The Conservation Objectives for these sites have been reviewed and are available for download in the Publications section.  Please search using the full title of the site document e.g. Garry Bog SAC Conservation Objectives 2015.  Please note that these are working documents and may be reviewed as additional information becomes available.

To find out about the Northern Ireland sites displayed below, pass the cursor over one of the red dots on the map below and the site name will appear. To find out details about each site, click on the red dot. This will take you into the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) website which gives details of all the SACs in the UK.

Useful Links

The Habitat's Directive - European Commission websiteOpens in New window

Joint Nature Conservation Committee websiteOpens in New window

Northern Ireland Special Areas of ConservationOpens in New window

Managing Natura 2000 Sites (.PDF 787Kb)Opens in New window

Assessment of plans and projects significantly affecting Natura 2000 sites (.PDF 670Kb)Opens in New window


The links on the map below open in a new window.

Special Areas of Conservation Rathlin Island North Antrim Coast Breen Wood Garron Plateau Bann Estuary Garry Bog Main Valley Bogs Rea's Wood and Farr's Bay Strangford Lough Turmennan Hollymount Lecale Fens Murlough Eastern Mournes Rostrevor Wood Derryleckagh Slieve Gullion North Antrim Coast Breen Wood Garron Plateau Bann Estuary Garry Bog Main Valley Bogs Rea's Wood and Farr's Bay Strangford Lough Turmennan Hollymount Lecale Fens Murlough Eastern Mournes Rostrevor Wood Slieve Gullion Slieve Beagh Moninea Bog Upper Lough Erne Claddagh Swalinbar River Cuilcagh Mountain Fardrum and Roosky Turloughs West Fermanagh Scarplands Monawilkin Largalinny Lough Melvin Pettigoe Plateau Moneygal Bog Binevenagh Magilligan Banagher Glen Carn/Glenshane Pass Wolf Island Bog Ballynahone Bog Peatlands Park Montiaghs Moss Teal Lough Owenkillew River Fairy Water Bogs Black Bog Upper Ballinderry River River Roe and Tributaries River Foyle and Tributaries Aughnadarragh lough Ballykilbeg Dead Island Bog Curran Bog Deroran Bog Cranny Bog Tully Bog Tonnagh Beg Bog Magheraveely Marl Loughs