Water and Marine • In 2022 soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) was measured at 93 surveillance rivers across Northern Ireland giving an average concentration of 0.073 mg/l of phosphorus per litre of water. • 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 2022, there were 1,535 water pollution incidents reported, of which 676 (44 per cent) were substantiated (confirmed) as having an impact on the water quality of the receiving waterway
In 2022, Farming (29 per cent), accounted for the largest proportion of substantiated incidents investigated by NIEA, followed by Other (21 per cent), Domestic (18 per cent), Industry (18 per cent), Northern Ireland Water Ltd (14 per cent) and Transport (1 per cent).
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.
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 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.
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.