National Conservation Assessments 2013

Client: National Parks & Wildlife Service

Distribution and Range Map for Dry Heaths

As a signatory of the EU Habitats Directive, Ireland is required, under Article 17, to submit National Conservation Assessments for all Annex I habitats within the country every six years. Working on behalf of the National Parks & Wildlife Service, BEC Consultants made a major contribution to this deliverable, conducting the assessments for 26 of the 58 Annex I habitats reported on. These comprised ten upland, ten coastal, four grassland and two woodland habitats.

The project involved the collation and processing of all available data relating to the distribution of these habitats and compiling these into a GIS. From this the distribution, range and area of each habitat were calculated and compared against data from the last reporting period. Threats and impacts were detailed, together with notes on the Irish interpretation of the Annex I habitats. All data were compiled to a format agreed at a European level. This project required expertise in data handling, spatial database creation and management and dataset cleaning and verification, such as dealing with overlaps and inaccuracies in the datasets. This demonstrates the company’s expertise in working with large GIS datasets and also the wealth of expert knowledge of BEC Consultants’ staff on Annex I habitats.