Conservation Status of EU Protected Habitats in Ireland

The 59 habitats listed on the EU Habitats Directive that occur in Ireland are a good representation of Ireland’s semi-natural and natural habitats covering marine, freshwater, peatland, grassland and woodland habitats.

85% of habitats are reported as being in Unfavourable status (46% Unfavourable inadequate and 39% Unfavourable bad). 46% of habitats are demonstrating ongoing declines since the last assessment in 2013. The main pressures on Ireland’s protected habitats are agriculture and other land uses such as extraction of resources (including minerals and peat) and forestry, urbanisation, recreation and invasive species.

The Unfavourable status of many of our habitats is of concern, particularly the ongoing declines in our peatland, grassland, woodland and marine habitats.

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