Carlingford Lough

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
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC winter 2002-2006 319-570 individuals B1i, C3
Greater Scaup Aythya marila LC winter 2002-2006 158-233 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)
Carlingford Shore SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 526 protected area overlaps with site 369
Carlingford Lough SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 595 protected area overlaps with site 172


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Shingle & stony beaches, Sand dunes & beaches, Salt marshes, Mud flats & sand flats -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Carlingford Lough. Downloaded from on 10/08/2022.