8 datasets found (16 resources)

Organizations: Northern Ireland Environment Agency - Natural Environment Division

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  • Special Areas of Conservation

    Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under the EC Habitats Directive. Article 3 of the Habitats Directive requires the establishment of a...
  • Special Protection Areas

    Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites classified in accordance with Article 4 of the EC Birds Directive, which came into force in April 1979. In Northern...
  • Ramsar Sites

    Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance designated under the Ramsar Convention. Sites proposed for selection are advised by the UK statutory nature conservation...
  • Landscape Character Areas

    The Northern Ireland Landscape Character Assessment subdivided the countryside into 130 Landscape Character Areas (LCAs), each based upon local patterns of geology, landform,...
  • World Heritage Site

    The Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast site was inscribed as a World Heritage Site (WHS) by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in...
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Northern Ireland has a great variety of scenic countryside and although there are no National Parks, large areas of landscape of distinctive character and special scenic value...
  • National Nature Reserves

    In Northern Ireland statutory nature reserves are areas of importance for flora, fauna, geological or other special feature for conservation purposes and to provide the...
  • Areas of Special Scientific Interest

    Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI ) provide statutory protection for the best examples of Northern Ireland's flora, fauna, geological or physiographical features. An...
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