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Antrim Hills


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus LC resident 1995 13 breeding pairs C6
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus LC resident 1995 25 breeding pairs B2, C6
Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax LC resident 1995 3 breeding pairs C6

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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium not assessed low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by unset
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Agricultural expansion and intensification annual & perennial non-timber crops - agro-industry farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Energy production and mining renewable energy happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
For more information about IBA monitoring please click here

IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Slieveanorra and Croaghan Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 1,611 protected area overlaps with site 0
Loughan Bay and Portaleen Bay Nature Reserve 9 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Glenballyemon River Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 27 protected area overlaps with site 0
Glenariff Glen Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 13 protected area overlaps with site 0
GLENARIFF Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 76 protected area overlaps with site 0
Garron Plateau Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 4,652 protected area overlaps with site 0
Garron Plateau Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 4,650 protected area overlaps with site 2,634
GARRON PLATEAU Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 4,652 protected area overlaps with site 2,634
Cushleake Mountain Nature Reserve 1,199 protected area contained by site 0
CLEGGAN VALLEY Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 37 protected area overlaps with site 0
Carey Valley Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 496 protected area overlaps with site 0
Breen Wood Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 36 protected area overlaps with site 0
BREEN WOOD Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 36 protected area overlaps with site 0
Antrim Hills Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 27,093 is identical to site 0
Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area contains site 26,966
ANTRIM COAST & GLENS AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NI) 72,524 protected area contains site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland Heathland -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Rivers and streams, Blanket bogs -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Artificial/Terrestrial Forestry plantations -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
other -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Antrim Hills. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/12/2020.