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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 57 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 and view below, along with the reasons for designation and a map of each site.  Please note that these are working documents and may be reviewed as additional information becomes available.

Special Areas of Conservation

SAC Name Council Area Reason for designation Site details Conservation Objectives SAC Map
Aughnadarragh Lough Newry Mourne and Down, North Down and Ards Reason for designation of Aughnadarragh Lough (.PDF 410KB)Opens in New window Site details of Aughnadarragh Lough (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Aughnadarragh Lough SAC (.PDF 299KB)Opens in New window Map of Aughnadarragh Lough SAC (.PDF 928KB)Opens in New window
Ballykilbeg Newry Mourne and Down Reason for designation of Ballykilbeg (.PDF 410KB)Opens in New window Site details of Ballykilbeg (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Ballykilbeg SAC (.PDF 292KB)Opens in New window Map of Ballykilbeg SAC (.PDF 1.5MB)Opens in New window
Ballynahone Bog Mid Ulster Reason for designation of Ballynahone Bog (.PDF 371KB)Opens in New window Site details of Ballynahone Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Ballynahone Bog SAC (.PDF 315KB)Opens in New window Map of Ballynahone Bog SAC (.PDF 1.4MB)Opens in New window
Banagher Glen Causeway Coast and Glens Reason for designation of Banagher Glen (.PDF 357KB)Opens in New window Site details of Banagher Glen (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Banagher Glen SAC (.PDF 384KB)Opens in New window Map of Banagher Glen SAC (.PDF 1MB)Opens in New window
Bann Estuary Causeway Coast and Glens Reason for designation of Bann Estuary (.PDF 475KB)Opens in New window Site details of Bann Estuary (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Bann Estuary SAC (.PDF 505KB)Opens in New window Map of Bann Estuary SAC (.PDF 1.07MB)Opens in New window
Binevenagh Causeway Coast and Glens Reason for designation of Binevenagh (.PDF 416KB)Opens in New window Site details of Binevenagh (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Binevenagh SAC (.PDF 352KB)Opens in New window Map of Binevenagh SAC (.PDF 993KB)Opens in New window
Black Bog Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Black Bog (.PDF 371KB)Opens in New window Site details of Black Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Black Bog SAC (.PDF 308KB)Opens in New window Map of Black Bog SAC (.PDF 1.3MB)Opens in New window
Breen Wood Causeway Coast and Glens Reason for designation of Breen Wood (.PDF 415KB)Opens in New window Site details of Breen Wood (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Breen Wood SAC (.PDF 381KB)Opens in New window Map of Breen Wood SAC (.PDF 1.1MB)Opens in New window
Carn-Glenshane Pass Causeway Coast and Glens, Mid Ulster Reason for designation of Carn-Glenshane Pass (.PDF 249KB)Opens in New window Site details of Carn-Glenshane Pass (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Carn-Glenshane Pass SAC (.PDF 316KB)Opens in New window Map of Carn-Glenshane Pass SAC (.PDF 668KB)Opens in New window
Cladagh (Swanlinbar) River Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Cladagh (Swanlinbar) River (.PDF 291KB)Opens in New window Site details of Cladagh (Swanlinbar) River (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Cladagh (Swanlinbar) River SAC (.PDF 338KB)Opens in New window Map of Cladagh (Swanlinbar) River SAC (.PDF 455KB)Opens in New window
Cranny Bogs Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Cranny Bogs (.PDF 270KB)Opens in New window Site details of Cranny Bogs (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Cranny Bogs SAC (.PDF 306KB)Opens in New window Map of Cranny Bogs SAC (.PDF 1.02MB)Opens in New window
Cuilcagh Mountain Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Cuilcagh Mountain (.PDF 376KB)Opens in New window Site details of Cuilcagh Mountain (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Cuilcagh Mountain SAC (.PDF 548KB)Opens in New window Map of Cuilcagh Mountain SAC (.PDF 1.83MB)Opens in New window
Curran Bog Mid Ulster Reason for designation of Curran Bog (.PDF 274KB)Opens in New window Site details of Curran Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Curran Bog SAC (.PDF 336KB)Opens in New window Map of Curran Bog SAC (.PDF 1.07MB)Opens in New window
Dead Island Bog Mid Ulster Reason for designation of Dead Island Bog (.PDF 270KB)Opens in New window Site details of Dead Island Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Dead Island Bog SAC (.PDF 305KB)Opens in New window Map of Dead Island Bog SAC (.PDF 939KB)Opens in New window
Deroran Bog Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Deroran Bog (.PDF 270KB)Opens in New window Site details of Deroran Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Deroran Bog SAC (.PDF 302KB)Opens in New window Map of Deroran Bog SAC (.PDF 1.12MB)Opens in New window
Derryleckagh Newry Mourne and Down Reason for designation of Derryleckagh (.PDF 356KB)Opens in New window Site details of Derryleckagh (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Derryleckagh SAC (.PDF 372KB)Opens in New window Map of Derryleckagh SAC (.PDF 6.6MB)Opens in New window
Eastern Mournes Newry Mourne and Down Reason for designation of Eastern Mournes (.PDF 378KB)Opens in New window Site details of Eastern Mournes (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Eastern Mournes SAC (.PDF 503KB)Opens in New window Map of Eastern Mournes SAC (.PDF 1.14MB)Opens in New window
Fairy Water Bogs Fermanagh and Omagh, Derry City and Strabane Reason for designation of Fairy Water Bogs (.PDF 371KB)Opens in New window Site details of Fairy Water Bogs (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Fairy Water Bogs SAC (.PDF 308KB)Opens in New window Map of Fairy Water Bogs SAC (.PDF 513KB)Opens in New window
Fardrum & Roosky Turloughs Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Fardrum & Roosky Turloughs (.PDF 420KB)Opens in New window Site details of Fardrum & Roosky Turloughs (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Fardrum & Roosky Turloughs SAC (.PDF 293KB)Opens in New window Map of Fardrum & Roosky Turloughs SAC (.PDF 1.12MB)Opens in New window
Garron Plateau Causeway Coast and Glens, Mid and East Antrim Reason for designation of Garron Plateau (.PDF 437KB)Opens in New window Site details of Garron Plateau (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Garron Plateau SAC (.PDF 556KB)Opens in New window Map of Garron Plateau SAC (.PDF 1.21MB)Opens in New window
Garry Bog Causeway Coast and Glens Reason for designation of Garry Bog (.PDF 374KB)Opens in New window Site details of Garry Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Garry Bog SAC (.PDF 315KB)Opens in New window Map of Garry Bog SAC (.PDF 1.03MB)Opens in New window
Hollymount Newry Mourne and Down Reason for designation of Hollymount (.PDF 372KB)Opens in New window Site details of Hollymount (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Hollymount SAC (.PDF 369KB)Opens in New window Map of Hollymount SAC (.PDF 1.05MB)Opens in New window
Largalinny Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Largalinny (.PDF 423KB)Opens in New window Site details of Largalinny (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Largalinny SAC (.PDF 338KB)Opens in New window Map of Largalinny SAC (.PDF 1.75MB)Opens in New window
Lecale Fens Newry Mourne and Down Reason for designation of Lecale Fens (.PDF 317KB)Opens in New window Site details of Lecale Fens (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Lecale Fens SAC (.PDF 310KB)Opens in New window Map of Lecale Fens SAC (.PDF 1.2MB)Opens in New window
Lough Melvin Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Lough Melvin (.PDF 374KB)Opens in New window Site details of Lough Melvin (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Lough Melvin SAC (.PDF 465KB)Opens in New window Map of Lough Melvin SAC (.PDF 1.3MB)Opens in New window
Magheraveely Marl Loughs Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Magheraveely Marl Loughs (.PDF 373KB)Opens in New window Site details of Magheraveely Marl Loughs (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Magheraveely Marl Loughs SAC (.PDF 381KB)Opens in New window Map of Magheraveely Marl Loughs SAC (.PDF 1.2MB)Opens in New window
Magilligan Causeway Coast and Glens Reason for designation of Magilligan (.PDF 423KB)Opens in New window Site details of Magilligan (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Magilligan SAC (.PDF 459KB)Opens in New window Map of Magilligan SAC (.PDF 566KB)Opens in New window
Main Valley Bogs Causeway Coast and Glens, Mid and East Antrim Reason for designation of Main Valley Bogs (.PDF 271KB)Opens in New window Site details of Main Valley Bogs (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Main Valley Bogs SAC (.PDF 308KB)Opens in New window Map of Main Valley Bogs SAC (.PDF 1.05MB)Opens in New window
Monawilkin Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Monawilkin (.PDF 422KB)Opens in New window Site details of Monawilkin (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Monawilkin SAC (.PDF 373KB)Opens in New window Map of Monawilkin SAC (.PDF 797KB)Opens in New window
Moneygal Bog Derry City and Strabane Reason for designation of Moneygal Bog (.PDF 204KB)Opens in New window Site details of Moneygal Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Moneygal Bog SAC (.PDF 311KB)Opens in New window Map of Moneygal Bog SAC (.PDF 879KB)Opens in New window
Moninea Bog Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Moninea Bog (.PDF 268KB)Opens in New window Site details of Moninea Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Moninea Bog SAC (.PDF 306KB)Opens in New window Map of Moninea Bog SAC (.PDF 1.07MB)Opens in New window
Montiaghs Moss Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Reason for designation of Montiaghs Moss (.PDF 344KB)Opens in New window Site details of Montiaghs Moss (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Montiaghs Moss SAC (.PDF 307KB)Opens in New window Map of Montiaghs Moss SAC (.PDF 1.75MB)Opens in New window
Murlough Newry Mourne and Down Reason for designation of Murlough (.PDF 498KB)Opens in New window Site details of Murlough (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Murlough SAC (.PDF 547KB)Opens in New window Map of Murlough SAC (.PDF 1.23MB)Opens in New window
North Antrim Coast Causeway Coast and Glens Reason for designation of North Antrim Coast (.PDF 422KB)Opens in New window Site details of North Antrim Coast (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for North Antrim Coast SAC (.PDF 510KB)Opens in New window Map of North Antrim Coast SAC (.PDF 398KB)Opens in New window
Owenkillew River Derry City and Strabane, Fermanagh and Omagh, Mid Ulster Reason for designation of Owenkillew River (.PDF 370KB)Opens in New window Site details of Owenkillew River (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Owenkillew River SAC (.PDF 521KB)Opens in New window Map of Owenkillew River SAC (.PDF 3.2MB)Opens in New window
Peatlands Park Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Reason for designation of Peatlands Park (.PDF 425KB)Opens in New window Site details of Peatlands Park (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Peatlands Park SAC (.PDF 406KB)Opens in New window Map of Peatlands Park SAC (.PDF 1.23MB)Opens in New window
Pettigoe Plateau Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Pettigoe Plateau (.PDF 311KB)Opens in New window Site details of Pettigoe Plateau (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Pettigoe Plateau SAC (.PDF 500KB)Opens in New window Map of Pettigoe Plateau SAC (.PDF 583KB)Opens in New window
Rathlin Island Causeway Coast and Glens Reason for designation of Rathlin Island  (.PDF 264KB)Opens in New window Site details of Rathlin Island  (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Rathlin Island  SAC (.PDF 345KB)Opens in New window Map of Rathlin Island  SAC (.PDF 872KB)Opens in New window
Rea's Wood & Farr's Bay Antrim and Newtownabbey Reason for designation of Rea's Wood & Farr's Bay (.PDF 344KB)Opens in New window Site details of Rea's Wood & Farr's Bay (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Rea's Wood & Farr's Bay SAC (.PDF 431KB)Opens in New window Map of Rea's Wood & Farr's Bay SAC (.PDF 338KB)Opens in New window
River Faughan & Tributaries Derry City and Strabane Reason for designation of River Faughan ) Tributaries (.PDF 313KB)Opens in New window Site details of River Faughan & Tributaries (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for River Faughan & Tributaries SAC (.PDF 407KB)Opens in New window Map of River Faughan & Tributaries SAC (.PDF 904KB)Opens in New window
River Foyle & Tributaries Derry City and Strabane Reason for designation of River Foyle & Tributaries (.PDF 359KB)Opens in New window Site details of River Foyle & Tributaries (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for River Foyle & Tributaries SAC (.PDF 371KB)Opens in New window Map of River Foyle & Tributaries SAC (.PDF 1.19MB)Opens in New window
River Roe & Tributaries Causeway Coast and Glens Reason for designation of River Roe & Tributaries (.PDF 316KB)Opens in New window Site details of River Roe & Tributaries (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for River Roe & Tributaries SAC (.PDF 432KB)Opens in New window Map of River Roe & Tributaries SAC (.PDF 3.31MB)Opens in New window
Rostrevor Wood Newry Mourne and Down Reason for designation of Rostrevor Wood (.PDF 363KB)Opens in New window Site details of Rostrevor Wood (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Rostrevor Wood SAC (.PDF 324KB)Opens in New window Map of Rostrevor Wood SAC (.PDF 961KB)Opens in New window
Slieve Beagh Mid Ulster Reason for designation of Slieve Beagh (.PDF 322KB)Opens in New window Site details of Slieve Beagh (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Slieve Beagh SAC (.PDF 410KB)Opens in New window Map of Slieve Beagh SAC (.PDF 5.33MB)Opens in New window
Slieve Gullion Newry Mourne and Down Reason for designation of Slieve Gullion (.PDF 314KB)Opens in New window Site details of Slieve Gullion (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Slieve Gullion SAC (.PDF 321KB)Opens in New window Map of Slieve Gullion SAC (.PDF 1.5MB)Opens in New window
Strangford Lough Newry Mourne and Down, North Down and Ards Reason for designation of Strangford Lough (.PDF 384KB)Opens in New window Site details of Strangford Lough (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Strangford Lough SAC (.PDF 545KB)Opens in New window Map of Strangford Lough SAC (.PDF 1.31MB)Opens in New window
Teal Lough Mid Ulster Reason for designation of Teal Lough (.PDF 414KB)Opens in New window Site details of Teal Lough (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Teal Lough SAC (.PDF 311KB)Opens in New window Map of Teal Lough SAC (.PDF 1.03MB)Opens in New window
Tonnagh Beg Bog Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Tonnagh Beg Bog (.PDF 206KB)Opens in New window Site details of Tonnagh Beg Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Tonnagh Beg Bog SAC (.PDF 303KB)Opens in New window Map of Tonnagh Beg Bog SAC (.PDF 292KB)Opens in New window
Tully Bog Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Tully Bog (.PDF 206KB)Opens in New window Site details of Tully Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Tully Bog SAC (.PDF 311KB)Opens in New window Map of Tully Bog SAC (.PDF 408KB)Opens in New window
Turmennan Newry Mourne and Down Reason for designation of Turmennan (.PDF 371KB)Opens in New window Site details of Turmennan (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Turmennan SAC (.PDF 317KB)Opens in New window Map of Turmennan SAC (.PDF 1.03MB)Opens in New window
Upper Ballinderry River Mid Ulster Reason for designation of Upper Ballinderry River (.PDF 295KB)Opens in New window Site details of Upper Ballinderry River (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Upper Ballinderry River SAC (.PDF 367KB)Opens in New window Map of Upper Ballinderry River SAC (.PDF 766KB)Opens in New window
Upper Lough Erne Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of Upper Lough Erne (.PDF 423KB)Opens in New window Site details of Upper Lough Erne (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Upper Lough Erne SAC (.PDF 469KB)Opens in New window Map of Upper Lough Erne SAC (.PDF 5.2MB)Opens in New window
West Fermanagh Scarplands Fermanagh and Omagh Reason for designation of West Fermanagh Scarplands (.PDF 438KB)Opens in New window Site details of West Fermanagh Scarplands (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for West Fermanagh Scarplands SAC (.PDF 733KB)Opens in New window Map of West Fermanagh Scarplands SAC (.PDF 1.72MB)Opens in New window
Wolf Island Bog Mid Ulster Reason for designation of Wolf Island Bog (.PDF 269KB)Opens in New window Site details of Wolf Island Bog (JNCC website)Opens in New window Conservation objectives for Wolf Island Bog SAC (.PDF 314KB)Opens in New window Map of Wolf Island Bog SAC (.PDF 979KB)Opens in New window

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

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.


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