Priority Habitats - Woodland

About this layerThis data represents NIEA surveys and may not represent the entire extent of habitat or species across Northern IrelandThis Woodland Inventory incorporates evidence collected from a series of research contracts let to identify and survey areas of woodland of high nature conservation value. Research projects focused on identifying woodlands across Northern Ireland with more targeted surveys undertaken in AONBs, County Fermanagh and Lagan Valley Regional Park where the incidence of woodlands is high. The most extensive and diverse priority woodlands have been identified through these surveys by NIEA Conservation Science Habitat Survey Team (HST), and have been further surveyed. Only those woodlands of particular importance within Annex 1 of the Habitats Directive have been identified by the HST. This only represents a partial dataset and does not include the complete priority woodland resource in Northern Ireland. Where point data only is available for older woodland surveys, further mapping is required to provide a fuller representation of all priority woodlands across Northern Ireland. The Ancient Woodland Inventory has identified small blocks of woodland which may be considered as long-established or ancient woodland, but the priority woodland communities frequently extend beyond those areas mapped as ancient woodland and these must also be included as priority woodland when considering planning applications. A comprehensive survey of semi-natural woodlands in County Fermanagh provides a fairly comprehensive list of priority woodlands in this county.Data Sources:Habitat Survey Team, Conservation Science: 1985 - 2014Fermanagh Woodland survey – excluding ‘Conifer Plantation’ - Liverpool University – 1991Ancient Woodland Inventory – excluding ‘planted conifer’ and ‘semi-natural conifer’ – Woodland Trust - 2008HST - Northern Ireland Environment AgencyWoodland TrustWhat can you do with the layer?Visualisation: This layer can be used for visualisation online in web maps.Analysis: This layer can be used in dashboards.Download: The data is downloadable.

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Last Updated May 17, 2024, 21:01 (UTC)
Created March 22, 2024, 13:03 (UTC)