KerryLIFE Project Area

Blackwater River (Kerry) Special Area of Conservation (site code IE002173)

Blackwater River (Kerry) Special Area of Conservation is selected for a single habitat listed on Annex I of the Habitats Directive

4030       European dry heaths

The site is also selected for the following species listed on Annex II of the same directive:

1024       Geomalacus maculosus Kerry Slug

1029       Margaritifera margaritifera Freshwater Pearl Mussel

1106       Salmo salar Atlantic Salmon

1303       Rhinolophus hipposideros Lesser Horseshoe Bat

1355       Lutra lutra Otter

Information on the Natura designated sites in the two river catchments can be found at http://www.npws.ie/protectedsites/

Killarney National Park, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Caragh River Catchment Special Area of Conservation (site code IE0000365)

The Killarney National Park, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Caragh River Catchment Special Area of Conservation is an extensive area that encompasses the Iveragh peninsula and the Paps Mountains, stretching from Millstreet in the east to Waterville in the west. It is the most mountainous region in Ireland and includes Carrauntoohill (1039 m A.S.L.), the highest mountain peak in the country. The underlying geology is almost entirely Old Red Sandstone. Glacial processes have shaped the sandstone into characteristic ridges and valleys.

The SAC is selected for the following EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitats:

3110       Oligotrophic waters containing very few minerals of sandy plains (Littorelletalia uniflorae)

3130       Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea

uniflorae and/or of the Isoëto-Nanojuncetea

3260       Water courses of plain to montane levels with the Ranunculion fluitantis and Callitricho- Batrachion vegetation

4010       Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix

4030       European dry heaths

4060       Alpine and Boreal heaths

5130       Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands

6130       Calaminarian grasslands of the Violetalia calaminariae

6410       Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clavey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae)

7130       Blanket bog (*active only)

7150       Depressions on peat substrates of the Rhynchosporion

91A0      Old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum in British Isles

91E0       Alluvial forests with Alnus glutinosa and Fraxinus excelsior (Alno-Padion, Alnion incanae, Salicion albae) *

91J0        Taxus baccata woods of the British Isles *

(* indicates priority habitats).

The site is also selected for the following species listed under Annex II of the Habitats Directive:

1024       Geomalacus maculosus Kerry Slug

1029       Margaritifera margaritifera Freshwater Pearl Mussel

1065       Euphydryas aurinia Marsh Fritillary

1095       Petromyzon marinus Sea lamprey

1096       Lampetra planeri River Lamprey

1099       Lampetra fluviatilis Brook Lamprey

1103       Alosa fallax Killarney Shad

1106       Salmo salar Atlantic Salmon

1303       Rhinolophus hipposideros Lesser Horseshoe Bat

1355       Lutra lutra Otter

1421       Trichomanes speciosum Killarney Fern

1833       Najas flexilis Slender Naiad