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.

Designated SACs in Northern Ireland

There are currently 57 SACs designated in Northern Ireland, 54 of which are highlighted in the table 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

Aughnadarragh Lough

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down, North Down and Ards

Ballykilbeg

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down

Ballynahone Bog

Council area - Mid Ulster

Banagher Glen

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens

Bann Estuary

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens

Binevenagh

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens

Black Bog

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Breen Wood

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens

Carn-Glenshane Pass

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens, Mid Ulster

Cladagh (Swanlinbar) River

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Cranny Bogs

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Cuilcagh Mountain

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Curran Bog

Council area - Mid Ulster

Dead Island Bog

Council area - Mid Ulster

Deroran Bog

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Derryleckagh

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down

Eastern Mournes

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down

Fairy Water Bogs

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh, Derry City and Strabane

Fardrum & Roosky Turloughs

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Garron Plateau

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens, Mid and East Antrim

Garry Bog

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens, Mid and East Antrim

Hollymount

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down

Largalinny

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Lecale Fens

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down

Lough Melvin

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Magheraveely Marl Loughs

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Magilligan

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens

Main Valley Bogs

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens, Mid and East Antrim

Monawilkin

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Moneygal Bog

Council area - Derry City and Strabane

Moninea Bog

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Montiaghs Moss

Council area - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon

Murlough

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down

North Antrim Coast

Council area - North Antrim Coast

Owenkillew River

Council area - Derry City and Strabane, Fermanagh and Omagh, Mid Ulster

Peatlands Park

Council area - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon

Pettigoe Plateau

Council area - Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon

Rathlin Island 

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens

Rea's Wood & Farr's Bay

Council area - Antrim and Newtownabbey

River Faughan & Tributaries

Council area - Derry City and Strabane

River Foyle & Tributaries

Council area - Derry City and Strabane

River Roe & Tributaries

Council area - Causeway Coast and Glens

Rostrevor Wood

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down

Slieve Beagh

Council area - Mid Ulster

Slieve Gullion

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down

Strangford Lough

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down, North Down and Ards

Teal Lough

Council area - Mid Ulster

Tonnagh Beg Bog

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Tully Bog

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Turmennan

Council area - Newry Mourne and Down

Upper Ballinderry River

Council area - Mid Ulster

Upper Lough Erne

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

West Fermanagh Scarplands

Council area - Fermanagh and Omagh

Wolf Island Bog

Council area - Mid Ulster

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