Special Area of Conservation (WFD RBMP Cycle 2)

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This dataset represents a snapshot of Special Areas of Conservation taken in September 2016 for the purpose of the WFD RBMP Cycle 2.

These are prime wildlife conservation areas in the country, considered to be important on a European as well as Irish level. Most Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are in the countryside, although a few sites reach into town or city landscapes, such as Dublin Bay and Cork Harbour. Detailed conservation objectives are available for some SACs and as additional ones are approved they will be posted on the NPWS website (www.npws.ie). The legal basis on which SACs are selected and designated is the EU Habitats Directive, transposed into Irish law as amended in 1998 and 2005. The Directive lists certain habitats and species that must be protected within SACs. This is a national dataset and is split into two separate file downloads: SACs within the bounds of the ITM coordinate reference system and off-shore SACs which are provided in WGS 84.

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Theme Environment
Date released 2016-09-01
Date updated 2020-12-02
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 {"National Parks and Wildlife Data License",otherRestrictions,"National Parks and Wildlife Data License",otherRestrictions}
Update frequency Other
Language English
Landing page https://gis.epa.ie/geoserver/wfd/wms?service=WMS&version=1.1.0&request=GetMap&layers=wfd:PROT_SAC&styles=&bbox=-305639.9626000002,3918.9527000002563,360552.42289999966,587385.6552000009&width=768&height=672&srs=EPSG:29902&format=image%2Fpng
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-10.47472, 51.44555],[-10.47472, 55.37999], [-6.01306, 55.37999], [-6.01306, 51.44555], [-10.47472, 51.44555]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) TM65 / Irish Grid (EPSG:29902)
Vertical Extent {"maxVerticalExtent": "1014", "verticalDomainName": "EPSG Projection 5731 - Malin Head height", "minVerticalExtent": "0"}
Provenance information This dataset represents a snapshot taken in September 2016 for the purpose of the WFD RBMP Cycle 2. This spatial dataset and its associated web services is currently presented in Irish Transverse Mercator projection. The majority of site boundaries were originally digitized from Ordnance Survey of Ireland 1:10560 six-inch raster data in Irish Grid. Over time an increasing number of site boundaries in this dataset will be replotted to Ordnance Survey of Ireland 1:5000 vector mapping in Irish Transverse Mercator. The spatial dataset and associated web services contain two feature level metadata fields: SOURCE_SCALE AND SOURCE_CRS to identify the source scale and projection that the site boundary feature is derived from.
Period of time covered (begin) 2016-09-01
Period of time covered (end) 2016-09-01