Northern Ireland's Priority Species


The construction and design of the web site was funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

Web site design and programming by Fiona McCrory and Bernard Picton (National Museums Northern Ireland)

The majority of text for each species has been written by the named Author(s). However, some of the sections have been specifically written in conjunction with Environment and Heritage Service (EHS). For example, the sections on Conservation of this species and Why is it a Priority/SOCC in Northern Ireland.

We are indebted to the following authors who provided text for this web site (correct as of March 07):

  • Vertebrates — Allen & Mellon Environmental Ltd., Professor Andy Ferguson, Lynne Rendle and Angela Ross
  • Invertebrates — Allen & Mellon Environmental Ltd., Dr Roy Anderson, Dr Garth Foster, Maurice Hughes, Dr Brian Nelson, Dr Julia Nunn and Bernard Picton
  • Lower Plants — Maria Cullen, David Holyoak, David Mitchel, Osborne Morton and Nick Stewart
  • Higher Plants — Dr Ralph Forbes, Paul Hackney and Shaun Wolfe-Murphy.

Authors are fully acknowledged at the end of their appropriate species account(s). Their full contact details are available from CEDaR - .

We are also indebted to Marianne McKeown for proof reading all accounts.

Introduction written by Biodiversity Unit, Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Maps were generated using the DMap for Windows software, supplied by Alan Morton. Collated species data was extracted from Recorder database, JNCC.

We are indebted to the following photographers for the permission to use the images on the home page:

All images used on this web site remain the copyright of the original photographer. Use or reproduction of each image is strictly prohibited without prior permission.

If you wish to use any image that appears on this web site, for any purpose, please fill in the Habitas Image Request Form and email it to:

It is anticipated that additional species text and images will be added to this site over the coming months.

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