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Killough Bay


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC winter 2001-2006 451 individuals B1i, C3

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 favourable low low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Branta bernicla Brent Goose 330 451 individuals 100 favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) No management planning has taken place Unknown low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
STRANGFORD & LECALE Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NI) 52,502 protected area contains site 0
Lecale Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area overlaps with site 107
KILLOUGH BAY AND STRAND LOUGH Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 176 protected area overlaps with site 104
Killough Bay Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Killough Bay Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 133 protected area overlaps with site 0
Killough Bay Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 104 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Killough Bay. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/killough-bay-iba-united-kingdom on 22/02/2024.