Sources

Sources   ( Specific )

Ireland:
Climate change
Coastline
Goireland.com
Ask about Ireland
Co. Antrim:
Antrim Borough Council
Moyle District Council
Co. Armagh:
Armagh City and District Council
Co. Carlow:
Carlow County Council
Co. Cavan:
Cavan County Council
Co. Clare:
Clare County Council
Co. Cork:
Cork County Council
County Cork Biodiversity Action Plan 2009-2014
Co. Derry:
Derry City Council
Co. Donegal:
Donegal County Council
County Donegal Development Plan 2012-2018
Co. Down:
Down District Council
Co. Dublin:
South Dublin County Council
Dublin City Council
Fingal County Council
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Co. Fermanagh:
Fermanagh District Council
Co. Galway:
Galway County Council
Co. Kerry:
Kerry County Council
Co. Kildare:
Kildare County Council
Kildare County Draft Development Plan 2011-2017
Co. Kilkenny:
Kilkenny County Council
Kilkenny County Development Plan 2008-2014
Co. Laois:
Laois County Council
Co. Leitrim:
Leitrim County Council
Co. Limerick:
Limerick County Council
Co. Longford:
Longford County Council
Co. Louth:
Louth County Council
Co. Mayo:
Mayo County Council
Co. Meath:
Meath County Council
The County Meath Biodiversity Action Plan 2008-2012
Co. Monaghan:
Monaghan County Council
Co. Offaly:
Offaly County Council
Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society
Co. Sligo:
Sligo County Council
Libray Ireland, Sligo
Co. Tipperary:
South Tipperary County Council
South Tipperary Biodiversity Action Plan 2010-15
North Tipperary County Council
Co. Waterford:
Waterford County Council
Waterford Biodiversity Plan 2008-2013
Co. Westmeath:
Westmeath County Council
Co. Wexford:
Wexford County Council
Co. Wicklow:
Wicklow County Council

Buttercup

Ranunculus sp.

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Definitions

SAC
selected and designated according to the EU Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), Special Areas of Conservation are wildlife Conservation areas with importance on an Irish and a European level. SACs may often overlap with SPAs.
SPA
selected and designated according to the EU Birds Directive (79/409/EEC), Special Protection Areas are areas of importance to rare and migratory birds which are vulnerable to pollution or habitat deterioration. Our some 121 SPAs form part of 3000 European sites, an initiative to protect birds at all stages: breeding, feeding, roosting and wintering. SPAs may often overlap with SACs.
NHA
Natural Heritage Areas are areas considered important due to the presence of a special habitat or a species therein. In an effort to safeguard such areas, they are legally protected from damage under the Wildlife Amendment Act (2000).
Nature Reserve
an area of wildlife importance protected by ministerial order.
Ramsar
the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the Conservation and sustainable use of wetlands and their resources. There are 1910 Ramsar sites worldwide, covering 186,948,620 hectares. There are 45 sites in Ireland.
Natura 2000
established under the 1992 Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), Natura 2000 is an EU-wide initiative to safeguard vulnerable habitats and species. It comprises both SACs and SPAs.
Refuge for Fauna
a ministerially protected area designated in an effort to conserve both species and their habitats.
Wildfowl Sanctuary
areas excluded from the Open Season Order. Shooting of birds is prohibited.
Biogenetic reserve
designated by the Council of Europe, these are areas considered valuable in terms of European nature conservation.
Biosphere
recognised by UNESCO, these are areas designated in an effort to integrate the interests of Conservation, sustainable development, research and education
World Heritage Site
areas of outstanding universal value, as designated by UNESCO
AONBs
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are landscapes of such natural beauty as to be in the nation's interest that they are protected. 8 AONBs exist in Northern Ireland.
ASSIs
Areas of Specific Scientific Interest are mostly in private ownership, and the conservation of such areas is achieved through cooperation with landowners.
TPOs
Tree Preservation Orders can be used for a single tree, a group of trees, or a woodland. Such trees cannot be felled unless the TPO is appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

Dog-rose

Rosa canina

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