River Kerry

Site details

UK map showing location of River Kerry Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of River Kerry SAC/SCI/cSAC
 

Note:

When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Not applicable

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

Not applicable.

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

1029 Freshwater pearl mussel  Margaritifera margaritifera
Freshwater pearl mussels Margaritifera margaritifera occur within the Kerry downstream from a hydro-electric dam. They are at their most abundant in the middle reaches of the river where they attain mean densities of 13 m2. It is estimated that the total pearl mussel population of the Kerry is in excess of 400,000. Not only is the population important in terms of its size, but it also has a favourable age-structure with a relatively high proportion of juvenile mussels.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

Not applicable.


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