Howth Special Amenity Area Order

In 1999 Fingal County Council recognised the exceptional character of Howth by making the Howth Special Amenity Area Order.

The Howth Order was confirmed by the Minister for the Environment on 16th May 2000.

The Howth Special Amenity Area Order protects many of the special qualities of the area and aims to preserve and enhance the character and special features of Howth.

It covers a total of 547 hectares, including Ireland's Eye and the heathland, woods, cliffs, shingle beaches and wooded residential areas of the south-eastern half of the Howth peninsula.

These areas have a rich diversity of flora and fauna and include protected species such as the green-winged orchid, the red squirrel and seabirds such as kittiwakes, guillemots and gannets.

The order also designates a 21km network of public footpaths, which are shown on SAAO Map A.

The Howth Special Amenity Area Order Committee consists of councillors for the area and local groups, and works to protect and enhance the SAAO area.

Minutes of the Committee meetings are available on the Council's website.

Howth SAAO Communication Plan

Howth Special Amenity Order Operational Plan 2021-2025

Wetland Study Phase I Howth Co. Dublin_I3_with COR Report

Howth Special Amenity Area Order

Howth SAAO Factsheet‌

Howth SAAO - Leaflet 

Howth Special Amenity Area Order Map A.

Howth Special Amenity Area Order Map B

Howth SAAO Operational Plan 2015 - 2020

Howth Special Amenity Area Order Fire Safety Policy Guidelines

Howth Special Amenity Area Order Design Guidelines

‌Assessment of Red Squirrels on Howth 2011

Howth Habitats Draft Report

Howth Heathland Management Draft Report

Howth Invasive Species Report 2018

Howth Breeding Birds Survey 2018

Howth Heathland Study

Cultural Heritage Study Redrock Howth

Howth Lizard Survey 2019 Report

Howth Spiders Report

Ireland's Eye Management Plan 2018 to 2022

Vegetation Study Ireland's Eye

Breeding Birds Irelands Eye 2016

Howth Ireland's Eye Bryophyte Study

Cultural Heritage Study Ireland's Eye

Red Rock Flora Study 

Red Rock Management Plan 2020 2030

Irish Elk and Other Animal remains found at Howth

Study goat grazing proposal Howth Head

Pollen analysis Bog of Frogs

Howth Head Vegetated Sea Cliffs Survey FitzGerald Ecology

Howth Fire Management Strategy

Howth Ground Beetle Survey