Appropriate Assessment Screening -Mornington Sand Dune Pathway – September 2013

Google Earth View of Mornington Sand Dunes

The key damaging issues identified during previous and recent site assessments were erosion primarily due to vehicle and pedestrian access and recreational pressure. Restrictions to access and recreational infrastructure are required to protect against damaging activities.


To date, vehicle access has been restricted by placing a series of poles to form a barrier and prevent cars accessing the dunes. A dedicated pathway leading to the beach is likely to provide a clear pathway to the beach that will be used by the majority of users wishing to access the beach area. This in turn will lead to a reduction in the level of use of other informal pathways thereby preventing further erosion in these areas and allowing them to gradually recover and revegetate.


The assessment concludes that there is no likely significant effect on the integrity of the Boyne Coast
and Estuary cSAC or the Boyne Estuary SPA resulting from the proposed pathway.

Appropriate Assessment Screening -Mornington Sand Dune Pathway – September 2013

AIE Request – Boyne Estuary SAC

  1. Correspondence, minutes and emails between Roy Thompson and Andrew Butler from the Eastern Region of NPWS and Donal Kinsella in relation to the to the protection and management of Boyne Estuary and Coast 001957 Special Area of Conservation between 01/01/2020-
    01/03/2022.
  2. Correspondence, minutes and emails between Roy Thompson and Andrew Butler from the Eastern Region of NPWS and the following staff in Meath County Council, Christy Clarke, Bernadine Carry and Larry Whelan in relation to the protection and management of Boyne Estuary and Coast 001957 Special Area of Conservation between 01/01/2020-01/03/2022.
  3. Correspondence and minutes in relation to the site meeting of NPWS and Meath County Council that took place in the Boyne Coast and Estuary SAC on the 28/02/2022

Summary of decision

Schedule of Records

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