Please note: Following input from detailed ecology surveys and community engagement in 2022, some project details have been changed. This will be reflected in updated management plans which have been presented at community engagement walks at the project sites and which we will share in more detail in 2023.
The following preparatory actions will be applicable at Horn Head and Rinclevan:
A1 Characterization and diagnosis of insular habitats. Assessment of the current situation
A2 Technical planning of concrete conservation actions
A3 Community participation regarding concrete conservation actions
These actions will be carried out as part of a management planning exercise that will deliver a management plan for the entire SAC.
Ecological reviews (field and cabinet) will provide a scientific basis for deciding which interventions are appropriate in different settings. Because this site is an important service to local people, your involvement and support is vital to the successful execution of the project in a timely manner. Active local community groups, recreational users and relevant eNGO will therefore be encouraged to engage with us and make presentations on dune management. In particular, information on how people use the dunes will be sought and this information can be incorporated into the management plan to reduce potential negative impacts on sensitive habitats. The forest plantation is currently home to some species not commonly found elsewhere in the area, including Sciurus vulgaris and Listera ovata. Technical planning will identify areas of the forest that are suitable for restoration by 2130*, as well as areas where trees should be conserved. In each case, specific methods and measures derived from technical planning will be included in the management plan. This plan is one of the main results of the preparatory actions and will form the basis of the long-term management strategy for the site and thus contribute to the AfterLIFE plan.