Rahasane turlough

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT winter 2002-2006 75-1,800 individuals B1i, C3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2009 low unfavourable low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - agro-industry grazing, ranching or farmin happening now whole area/population (>90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - unintentional effects (species is not the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) happening now whole area/population (>90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development likely in long term (beyond 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 179 70 individuals 40 unfavourable
Cygnus columbianus Tundra Swan 132 0 individuals 0 not assessed
Anser albifrons Greater White-fronted Goose 59 90 individuals 100 not assessed
Spatula clypeata Northern Shoveler 498 61 individuals 13 not assessed
Mareca penelope Eurasian Wigeon 7760 3020 individuals 39 not assessed
Anas acuta Northern Pintail 102 44 individuals 44 not assessed
Anas crecca 3005 358 individuals 12 not assessed
Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 17680 5000 individuals 29 not assessed
Vanellus vanellus Northern Lapwing 3995 2270 individuals 57 not assessed
Numenius arquata Eurasian Curlew 1205 150 individuals 13 not assessed
Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit 170 700 individuals 100 favourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 3569 240 individuals 7 not assessed
Tringa totanus Common Redshank 155 45 individuals 30 not assessed

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Rahasane Turlough SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 372 protected area contains site 214
Rahasane Turlough SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 351 protected area contains site 240


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub -
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland, Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rahasane turlough. Downloaded from on 15/08/2022.