Woodland Register | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)

The Northern Ireland woodland register provides data in tabular format on the area of forest or woodland, by forest or woodland type, and whether managed by the Forest Service or not. This dataset is derived from a basemap consisting of forests and woodlands throughout Northern Ireland with a minimum size of 0.1 hectare (Ha).


Forests and woodlands are recorded as broadleaf, conifer, mixed (conifer and broadleaf), short rotation coppice, or, where no information is available, of unknown type. Land classified by DAERA as dense scrub is recorded as broadleaf woodland. Additional categories, such as areas awaiting replanting or awaiting natural regeneration, and open ground considered integral to the woodland (e.g. forest roads, glades, rides and fire breaks) are also included.

The woodland basemap has been compiled using Geographic Information datasets provided by statutory and non-statutory bodies. The 2022 woodland register updates the 2021 woodland register.

The basemap is used to produce a map showing forest and woodland cover. Boundaries shown on the map do not reflect legal boundaries and should be treated as indicative. While every effort is made in preparing material for publication, no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs for any errors or omissions contained in the map of forest and woodland cover in Northern Ireland.

Although generally synonymous, the terms ‘forest’ and ‘woodland’ are used here to respectively represent a relatively large land holding managed primarily to grow trees for a defined, non-agricultural purpose (such as the supply of wood products for industrial use), and, an area of trees of at least 0.1 hectare (0.25 acre) forming part of a land holding and managed in such a way as to complement the rest of the land holding.


SCREENING FOR APPROPRIATE ASSESSMENTS: Integrated Constructed Wetlands at sites in Donegal.

Construction of three Integrated Constructed Wetlands (ICW’s) at three locations in Co. Donegal for the treatment of spent sheep dip effluent from three publicly used sheep dipping facilities.

Integrated Constructed Wetlands at a site at Ballykerrigan,Co Donegal.

Integrated Constructed Wetland at a site near Lough Muck, Co Donegal

The CatchmentCARE project




The CatchmentCARE project aims to establish three cross-border, fresh water quality improvement projects in the Finn (Donegal—Tyrone); the Arney (Fermanagh-Leitrim-Cavan); and the Blackwater (Armagh-Tyrone-Monaghan) Catchments; as well as installing 51 boreholes across the region.


River Works

Caring for River Catchments – Pressures and Solutions
Caring for River Catchments – YouTube Video
Riparian works to improve water quality
Improvement works on the Cummirk River, Finn Catchment

River Works in Blackwater Catchment
One of the main outputs of the CatchmentCARE project is to deliver a range of riparian and in-stream works aimed at helping improve existing water quality across the project’s three catchments.

Riparian and in-stream works around the Ballygawley area, which suffers badly from silt deposition / runoff and excessive nutrient loading.

‘Ballygawley Phase 1’ will entail a range of measures being implemented, including:
– Installing fencing along rivers to help decrease erosion of banks by cattle;
– Supplying and installing livestock drinkers for local farmers;
– Installing field gates and stiles to provide access for farmers and local user groups;
– Planting native species of trees and riverside vegetation to help stabilise riverbanks and create a buffer strip between the river and agricultural land;
– Installing bank revetments and other in-stream works such as rubble mats and flow deflectors (to create a more diverse flow and habitat in the river channel). This work will involve partnership with DEARA Fisheries.

Funding €13,792,435 (ERDF & MATCH)

LEAD PARTNER: Donegal County Council

Start Date: 01/10/2017

End Date: 31/10/2022

Public RFT – A Multi-Supplier Framework for the Provision of Groundwater Monitoring Borehole Drilling Works for CatchmentCARE Project


Condition Assessment for Bogs in Northern Ireland

Source: Conservation Science Team, Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Attached spreadsheet detailing the condition assessment results for bogs in Northern Ireland

All bogs which are designated as Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs) have been included in the latest NIES report.

You will find the location of all of these to view at the NIEA map viewer Natural Environment Map Viewer | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (daera-ni.gov.uk) and to download from Open Data NI at Areas of Special Scientific Interest – Datasets – Open Data NI

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has responsibility for the designation, monitoring, reporting and management of Areas of Special Scientific Interest (ASSIs) that are that are designated under The Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002.

DAERA aims to carry out a rolling programme of ASSI feature monitoring and reporting every six years in support of The Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations 1995 (Northern Ireland) (as amended), The Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, and The Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013.

Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) guidance states that the features that are to be monitored are the interest features for which the site has been notified or designated.

They include habitat types, species and earth science features, as well as complex features such as habitat mosaics and species assemblages.

Each interest feature must be identified, monitored, assessed and reported upon separately.

DAERA follows JNCC Common Standards Monitoring when undertaking condition assessment https://data.jncc.gov.uk/data/f6fef832-93f0-4733-bf1d-535d28e5007e/CSM-Introduction-2004.pdf

Northern Ireland environmental statistics report

An annual compendium which reports on a range of environmental indicators and provides links to government strategies.

This report contains environmental indicators covering seven key themes: Public Attitudes, Climate Change, Air, Water and Marine, Biodiversity and Land, Waste and Historic Environment.

Water and Marine

Key points in this chapter:
• Of the twenty-five inshore coastal waterbodies delineated in Northern Ireland, 13 (52 per cent) have been assessed at good or better ecological condition.
• In 2021 soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) was measured at 93 surveillance rivers across Northern Ireland giving an average concentration of 0.071 mg/l of phosphorus per litre of water. This was 0.024 mg/l more than the lowest figure reported in this time series, 0.047 mg/l in 2012.
• Water pollution incidents are investigated by Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). In 2021 there were 1,893 incidents reported to NIEA or discovered by NIEA during inspections, of which 871 (46 per cent) were substantiated (confirmed) as having an impact on the water quality of the receiving waterway. Of these, 14 per cent were considered to be of High or Medium Severity.
• Five out of nine designated shellfish water protected areas (SWPAs) complied with the Water Framework Directive guideline E. Coli standard in Shellfish Flesh in 2021.

Long-term seasonal trend analysis shows that the monthly trends in average nitrate concentrations in rivers in Northern Ireland are predominantly decreasing or stable over the 28-year period, 1992-2019, which may be attributed to the measures implemented through the Nutrient Action Programme.

Farming (29 per cent), accounted for the largest proportion of substantiated pollution incidents investigated