Green light for Hook Head and Bannow Bay

Irish Wildlife Manuals is a series of contract reports relating to the conservation management of habitats and species in Ireland. The volumes are published by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The most recent volume, Irish Wildlife Manual No 118 compiled by Louise Scally, Nick Pfeiffer and Elizabeth Hewitt, reports on the monitoring and assessment of the following six EU Habitats Directive Annex I marine habitats: Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time [1110], Estuaries [1130], Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide [1140], Large shallow inlets and bays [1160], Reefs [1170] and Submerged or partially submerged sea caves [8330]. Two sites were sampled on the South Wexford Coast: Hook Head and Bannow Bay. Habitats are assessed on a three point, traffic light scale: Favourable, Inadequate and Bad. The overall site assessment for 1160 and 1170 at Hook Head and 1130 and 1140 at Bannow Bay was ‘Favourable’ in each case (Scally et al., 2020 pages 30, 33, 25 and 27).

Source: Scally, L., Pfeiffer, N., and Hewitt, E. 2020. The monitoring and assessment of six EU Habitats Directive Annex I Marine Habitats. Irish Wildlife Manuals, No 118. Dublin: National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Available online at