IE006
River Foyle: Carrigans and Swilly Burn valleys


Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
This site encompasses an 8-km estuarine stretch of the River Foyle, with mudflat and saltmarsh habitat and two contiguous river valleys, with wet meadow, arable fields and improved pasture. It is located south of Derry city in Northern Ireland, while its eastern boundary is the County Donegal/Tyrone border. Nearby Lough Foyle, located north of Derry city, is a separate site (site 004).



Key biodiversity
This is an important site for wintering wildfowl. Species occurring in nationally important numbers include Anas crecca (657 birds, 1995), Bucephala clangula (115 birds, 1996) and Mergus serrator (42 birds, 1996).



Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Wildfowling causes disturbance to birds, and the proximity of Derry city may also adversely affect the site.



Protected areas
National None International None




Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Foyle: Carrigans and Swilly Burn valleys. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/10/2020.