Lough Gill

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
Mute Swan Cygnus olor LC winter 2002-2006 165-244 individuals B1i
Greater Scaup Aythya marila LC winter 2002-2006 166-590 individuals B2

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 Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Tralee Bay Complex SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,655 protected area contains site 0
Tralee Bay and Magharees Peninsula; West to Cloghane SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 11,627 protected area contains site 157
Tralee Bay and Magharees Peninsula, West To Cloghane Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 11,600 protected area contains site 0
Lough Gill SPA - IE0004011 Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 154 protected area overlaps with site 143
Lough Gill Wildfowl Sanctuary 0 protected area contained by site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation -
Coastline Sand dunes & beaches -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
water management -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lough Gill. Downloaded from on 28/01/2022.