Conservation Designation

Conservation Designation

In addition to its designation as a Nature Reserve under the Wildlife Acts 1976-2000, Coole Garryland reserve is a candidate Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the European Community Habitats Directive (1992).  This designation is based on the presence of turlough habitat, limestone pavement and calcareous grassland – all of which are annexed habitats under the Directive.  Part of the Nature Reserve is also a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the EC Birds Directive owing to its importance for wetland birds and in particular, Whooper Swan.

For more information please follow the link (and then please have a link to www.npws.ie protected sites) Site Code for Coole-Garryland SAC is 000252.