Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (579)

Michael Creed


579. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 627 of 29 January 2013, if he will provide clarity regarding the terms NHA and proposed NHA designation in respect of the lands (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9835/13]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The basic designation for wildlife is the Natural Heritage Area (NHA). This is an area considered important for the habitats present or which holds species of plants and animals whose habitat needs protection. Proposed NHAs (pNHAs) were published on a non-statutory basis in 1995, but have not since been statutorily proposed or designated. These designations do not fall under the scope of the Rural Development Plan and are not designations that attract payment under European Regulations. Boylesgrove Wood is designated pNHA and is not eligible for payment under REPS 4.