Belfast Lough

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4iii, B1i, C3, C4 (2007)
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Area: 6,029 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium unfavourable medium
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Site description
A sea lough with an area of tidal mudflats reduced in size by development. The outer shores are mainly rocky with a few sandy bays. The IBA is important for wintering waders and wildfowl, with man-made lagoons in the Inner Harbour holding the main wader roost.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Belfast Lough. Downloaded from on 06/02/2023.