March 2019

Habitats Directive

The EC Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora) establishes the requirement for an assessment of potential impacts upon Natura 2000 sites in Article 6(3) and 6(4). The Habitats Directive was implemented in Northern Ireland by the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (as amended).

In exercising its functions under this legislation, and following on from previous consultation exercises in April 2014, October 2014, April 2017 and August 2018, the Department hereby seeks the opinion of the general public on four updated draft reports prepared to inform an appropriate assessment on the following Natura 2000 sites:-

 A5 WTC Report of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment SAC Watercourses covering:

  • River Foyle & Tributaries Special Area of Conservation
  • Owenkillew River Special Area of Conservation
  • River Finn Special Area of Conservation

 A5 WTC Report of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment Tully Bog SAC covering:

  • Tully Bog Special Area of Conservation

 A5 WTC Report of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment SPAs covering:

  • Lough Foyle Special Protection Area
  • Lough Swilly Special Protection Area
  • Lough Neagh & Lough Beg Special Protection Area

 A5 WTC Report of Information to Inform an Appropriate Assessment Ramsar Sites covering:

  • Lough Foyle Ramsar Site
  • Lough Neagh & Lough Beg Ramsar Site

A period of consultation is in effect between the dates of 26th March 2019 and 17th May 2019. This documentation may be inspected by any person, free of charge, at all reasonable times during this period, at the following Department for Infrastructure offices:

  • Western Division, County Hall, Drumragh Avenue, Omagh.
  • Headquarters, Room 2-13, Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast.

the offices of:

  • Mid Ulster District Council, Circular Road, Dungannon.
  • Derry City & Strabane District Council, 47 Derry Road, Strabane.
  • Derry City & Strabane District Council, 98 Strand Road, Londonderry.
  • Fermanagh & Omagh District Council, The Grange, Mountjoy Road, Omagh,

and at

  • Strabane Library, 1 Railway Street, Strabane, BT82 8EF.

In addition, the reports may also be inspected during the same period at the offices of Monaghan County Council, Roads Office, MTEK II Office, Armagh Road, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan and Donegal County Council, Public Services Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal.

Alternatively, an electronic version of the afore mentioned reports is available for download under ‘Documents’ at the bottom of this page.

Should you wish to express an opinion on any of the reports you should, within the period stated above, write to the Divisional Roads Manager, Department for Infrastructure, Western Division, County Hall, Drumragh Avenue, Omagh BT79 7AF or email

Information you provide in your response, including personal information, could be published or disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) or the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR).

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