The project represents the first comprehensive assessment of sand dune systems and their habitats in Ireland.

Over the course of the three field seasons (2004-2006), all known sites for sand dunes in Ireland were assessed.

The project involved the updating of an existing inventory of sand dune systems (Curtis, 1991a), the production of habitat maps of all survey sites, the establishment of a coastal habitats database and an assessment of the conservation status of all dune habitats in Ireland, both nationally and on a site-by-site basis.

Furthermore a methodology employing rapid and simple assessment techniques for monitoring sand dune habitats was developed hyperlinked to the records.

This data resource contains:

  • a Polygon shapefile with habitat and other information (see lineage) on sites surveyed as part of the Coastal Monitoring Project 2004 - 2006. Survey areas with Annex 1 habitat types (EU habitats Directive), as well as non - Annex 1 areas (classified using a key developed for the purpose of the project) are contained within the file.

  • A MS Access database storing information gathered during field surveys for the Coastal Monitoring Project 2004 - 2006 and the Saltmarsh Monitoring Project 2006-2009. The data recorded on the field cards for each site were inputted into this database. The original database was reformatted in 2011 to reflect the newer 'Monitoring Data Model' in use within NPWS scientific section, as well as changes to the EU reporting systems.

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Theme Environment
Date dataset updated 2017-08-15
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Rights notes ['http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/', 'Copyright Government of Ireland. This dataset was created by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/', 'otherRestrictions', 'Copyright Government of Ireland. This dataset was created by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/', 'otherRestrictions']
Update frequency Never
Language English
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-11.2659477885, 51.2059662415],[-11.2659477885, 55.820224054], [-5.75081106972, 55.820224054], [-5.75081106972, 51.2059662415], [-11.2659477885, 51.2059662415]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) TM75 / Irish Grid (EPSG:29903)
Vertical Extent {"maxVerticalExtent": "0", "verticalDomainName": null, "minVerticalExtent": "0"}
Provenance information This polygon shapefile represents one of the outputs of the Coastal Monitoring Project 2004-2006. Habitat types are assigned to surveyed areas, using both EU Habitats Directive Annex 1 codes, as well as habitat codes established for the purpose of the project. Information on site names, areas and other (see fields listed below) is given. ESRI ArcView 3.2 was used in the creation of the original file. Aerial photographs of the sites from the most recent complete, or near complete, set (the 2000 Ortho-photo set) were printed and used in the field as an aid to mapping. A GeoExplorer handheld GPS unit (Trimble GeoXT) was used for recording the locations of boundary lines and areas. Additional observations recorded on the printed aerial photographs and in target notes were used in the creation of this file. Field notes relating to various aspects of, among others, topography and vegetation composition were written at all sites. The file was subsequently checked for topology and consistency within NPWS. During this process a number of amendments, including the addition of site codes and removing overlaps, gaps, slivers and multipart polygons, as well as running the repair geometry tool using ArcGIS9.3, were implemented. For this purpose, the paper copies of site maps submitted as part of the project were used for clarification in certain areas. Although the present file is cleaned of topology errors, it must be noted that due to preceding processing steps (separate incongruent files have apparently been merged / clipped in the creation of the file submitted to NPWS) this file is not free from errors, especially when examined on a large scale. The file's attribute table contains the following fields: SITE_CODE: Type: Text Length: 12 Description: Coastal Monitoring Project site codes CMP_SITE: Type: Text Length: 31 Description: Coastal Monitoring Project site name COUNTY: Type: Text Length: 9 Description: Name of coastal county in which site occurs NPWS_ID: Type: Text Length: 12 Description: Site code of SAC in which site occurs NPWS_SITE: Type: Text Length: 44 Description: Site name of NHA or SAC in which site occurs CMP_HABIT: Type: Double Length: Description: Coastal Monitoring Project habitat code NPWS_DESIG: Type: Text Length: 14 Description: NPWS Designation type (NHA or SAC where applicable) of area in which site occurs SURVEYNAME: Type: Text Length: 23 Description: 'Coastal Monitoring proj' entered for all polygons SURVEYDATE: Type: Text Length: 33 Description: Date on which field survey was carried out SURVEY_MET: Type: Text Length: 13 Description: Survey method applied (ground or desk) CMP_NAME: Type: Text Length: 30 Description: name of habitat type according to Coastal Monitoring Project habitat coding (in field CMP_HABIT) ANNEX_I: Type: Text Length: 22 Description: marks areas containing EU Habitats Directive Annex 1habitats AI_SALTMAR: Type: Text Length: 12 Description: marks areas containing EU Habitats Directive Annex 1saltmarsh habitats EU_CODE: Type: Text Length: 10 Description: EU Habitats Directive Annex 1code SHAPE_LENG: Type: Double Length: Description: Length of polygon boundary in metres SHAPE_AREA: Type: Double Length: Description: Area of polygon in square metres