Protected areas

Our protected areas represent the very best of our natural landscapes, biodiversity and geodiversity, forming the cornerstone of nature conservation by supporting plants, animals and habitats that are rare or unique.  The on-going protection and management of this coherent network of sites will ensure that these important natural and cultural assets can be enjoyed by this and future generations.

View over Bann Estuary, Special Area of Conservation
View over Bann Estuary, Special Area of Conservation

Redshank - photo by J Doherty
Redshank - photo by J Doherty

You can also view all of the below sites on the Natural Environment Map Viewer or download GIS data on the Download digital datasets page.

We have a range of protected area designations, representing feature of national and international importance, both terrestrial and marine.

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Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs including Freedom of Information (FOI), Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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