List of Areas of Special Scientific Interest in Northern Ireland

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This is a list of the Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs) in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. In Northern Ireland the body responsible for designating ASSIs is the Northern Ireland Environment Agency - a division of the Department of Environment (DoE).

Unlike the SSSIs, ASSIs include both natural environments and man-made structures. As with SSSIs, these sites are designated if they have criteria based on fauna, flora, geological or physiographical features. On top of this, structures are also covered, such as the Whitespots mines in Conlig, according to several criterion including rarity, recorded history and intrinsic appeal.[1]

For other sites in the rest of the United Kingdom, see List of SSSIs by Area of Search.

Site name Reason for Designation Area[A] Council Year confirmed Map
Biological Interest Geological Interest Historical or Cultural Interest Hectares Acres
Aghabrack ASSI304 Strabane 2009
Aghanloo Wood ASSI228 Yes     36.84 91.04 Limavady 2004
Aghnadarragh   Yes   1.42 3.51 Antrim 2004
Altikeeragh NNR048 Yes     n/a n/a Coleraine 2002[B]
Altikeeragh ASSI171 Yes     73.04 180.48 Coleraine 1999
Altmover Glen Yes     12.5 31 Limavady 1994
Annachullion Lough Yes     3.68 9.1 Fermanagh 1997
Annacramph Meadows Yes     1.01 2.5 Armagh 1992
Antrim Hills Yes     10,964.19 27,093.12 Ballymena; Larne; Moyle 2006[B]
Aughnadarragh Lough ASSI149 Yes     5.18 12.8 Ards; Down 1999
Aughnadarragh Lough SAC045 Yes     5.18 12.8 Ards; Down 2005
Ballybannan Yes     0.59 1.47 Down 1997
Ballycam Yes     1.21 3 Down 1997
Ballycarry Yes     17.4 43 Moyle 1992
Ballycastle Coalfield   Yes   27.68 68.4 Moyle 1998
Ballygill North Yes     31.57 78 Moyle 1992
Ballykilbeg ASSI153 Yes     15.21 37.59 Down 1998
Ballykilbeg SAC044 Yes     15.21 37.59 Down 2005
Ballyknock Yes     3.07 7.58 Magherafelt 1999
Ballymacaldrack ? ? ? 1.01 2.5 Ballymoney 2007
Ballymacallion ? ? ? 9.12 22.54 Limavady 2007
Ballymaclary Yes Yes   n/a n/a Coleraine 1976[B]
Ballymacombs More Yes Yes Yes 11.12 27.48 Magherafelt 2005
Ballymacormick Point Yes     15.78 39 North Down 1988
Ballynagross Lower Yes     3.1 7.67 Down 1997
Ballynahone Bog SAC001 Yes     98.44 243.24 Magherafelt 2005
Ballynahone Bog RSAR009 Yes     98.44 243.24 Magherafelt 1998
Ballynahone Bog NNR047 Yes     n/a n/a Magherafelt 2000
Ballynahone Bog ASSI010 Yes Yes   98.74 244 Magherafelt 1995
Ballynanaghten Yes     0.48 1.19 Lisburn 2001
Ballypalady Yes Yes   1.62 4.01 Antrim 2005
Ballyquintin Point NNR040 Yes Yes   n/a n/a Ards 1987[B]
Ballyquintin Point ASSI087 Yes Yes   29.99 74.1 Ards 1995
Ballyrisk More ? ? ? 5.25 12.97 Limavady 2007
Ballysudden   Yes   39.58 97.8 Cookstown 1997
Banagher Yes     2.07 5.11 Fermanagh 2005
Banagher Glen ASSI064 Yes     38.04 94 Limavady 1994
Banagher Glen SAC023 Yes Yes   35.52 87.77 Limavady 2005
Banagher Glen NR015 Yes     n/a n/a Limavady 1974[B]
Bann Estuary SAC041 ? ? ? 140.81 347.94 Coleraine 2005
Bann Estuary ASSI208 Yes Yes   140.81 347.94 Coleraine 2001
Bardahessiagh   Yes   3.88 9.6 Cookstown 1996
Beagh Big Yes     0.53 1.3 Fermanagh 1988
Belfast Lough RSAR006 Yes Yes   174.88 432.14 Belfast; Carrickfergus; Newtownabbey; North Down 1998
Belfast Lough SPA010 Yes Yes   174.88 432.14 Belfast; Carrickfergus; Newtownabbey; North Down 1998
Belfast Lough Open Water Yes Yes   n/a n/a n/a 2006
Bellanaleck   Yes   0.38 0.93 Fermanagh 1996
Belshaws Quarry   Yes   n/a n/a Lisburn 1972[B]
Benburb   Yes   1.21 3 Dungannon & South Tyrone 1995
Binevenagh NNR041 Yes Yes   n/a n/a Limavady 1987[B]
Binevenagh SAC039 ? ?   36.74 90.79 Limavady 2005
Binevenagh ASSI212 Yes Yes   36.74 90.79 Limavady 2001
Black Bog RSAR015 Yes     74.23 183.42 Omagh 1999
Black Bog SAC002 Yes     74.23 183.42 Omagh 2005
Black Bog ASSI007 Yes     78.51 194 Omagh 1987
Black Burn Yes Yes   8.22 20.3 Larne 1997
Black Lough ASSI239 Yes     2.62 6.47 Dungannon & South Tyrone 2004
Black Lough ASSI154 Yes     18.03 44.55 Down 1998
Bohill Forest ? ? ? n/a n/a Down 1970[B]
Boho Yes Yes   5.77 14.25 Fermanagh 1999
Bonds Glen Yes     20.46 50.56 Derry City 2004
Boorin Yes Yes   n/a n/a Strabane 1975[B]
Bovevagh   Yes   2.31 5.7 Limavady 1995
Braade Yes     1.17 2.9 Fermanagh 1996
Brackagh Moss Yes     n/a n/a Craigavon 1976[B]
Breen Forest Yes ?   n/a n/a n/a 1970[B]
Breen Wood SAC024 Yes     14.57 36.01 n/a 2005
Breen Wood ASSI161 Yes     14.57 36 Moyle 1997
Burdautien Lough Yes Yes   2.63 6.5 Fermanagh 1995
Caldanagh Bog Yes     14.37 35.5 Ballymoney 1997
Cam Lough Yes     33.05 81.66 Newry & Mourne 2004
Carlingford Lough SPA009 Yes Yes   334.72 827.12 Newry & Mourne 1998
Carlingford Lough RSAR005 ? ?   n/a n/a Newry & Mourne n/a
Carn/Glenshane Pass ASSI167 Yes     784.6 1,938.78 Coleraine; Limavady; Magherafelt 2000
Carn/Glenshane Pass SAC033 Yes ?   784.6 1,938.78 Coleraine; Limavady; Magherafelt 2005
Carrickarede ASSI113 Yes Yes ? 9.2 22.73 Coleraine 1997
Carrickastickan Yes     1.51 3.74 Newry & Mourne 2002
Carrickbrawn Yes     4.86 12 Fermanagh 1987
Carrowcarlin Yes     3.17 7.84 Down 1998
Cashel Loughs Yes     13.84 34.21 Newry & Mourne 1998
Copeland Islands Yes     81.55 201.52 Ards 2004
Devenish Island     Yes 26 64.24 Fermanagh 2007
Giant's Causeway and Dunseverick   Yes   91.59 226.33 Moyle 2000
Whitespots   Yes   2.04 5.05 Ards 1999

Notes[edit]

A Rounded to two decimal places.
B As yet unconfirmed. Year displayed is year of declaration.

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