Baronscourt has been declared an ASSI because of its parkland habitat and associated species. Historic parklands are generally characterised by old, open-grown trees and shrubs which have significant amounts of standing and fallen dead wood. These old open-grown trees provide a specialist habitat for rare and uncommon species of invertebrates, lichens and fungi.
Oak is the dominant parkland tree species at Baronscourt with Beech, Sycamore, Ash, Lime, Hawthorn and Horse Chestnut. There are occasional specimens of species such as Hornbeam and Sweet Chestnut.
Correct management is essential for special places like Baronscourt to ensure the survival of the area’s rich range of plants and animals. Traditional agricultural practices will ensure the survival of the parkland habitat and associated species.
- ASSI Guidance for Public Bodies/Competent Authorities
- Coastal Areas of Special Scientific Interest
- Conservation Management Plans for Northern Ireland’s Special Areas of Conservation
- European Marine Sites - Marine Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas
- Management of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
- Marine Conservation Zones
- Marine Protected Areas
- Marine Ramsar sites
- Portrush Coastal Zone
- Special Areas of Conservation
- Special Areas of Conservation for Harbour porpoise
- Special Protection Areas