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Belfast Lough


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
Common Redshank Tringa totanus LC passage 2001-2006 1,835 individuals B1i, C3
Common Redshank Tringa totanus LC winter 2001-2006 1,655 individuals B1i, C3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2001-2006 20,090 individuals A4iii, C4
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2001-2006 34,814 individuals A4iii, C4

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)
2007 medium unfavourable medium
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 marine and freshwater aquaculture - industrial aquaculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development commercial and industrial development likely in short term (within 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors roads and railroads likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone 715 438 individuals 62 unfavourable
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone 850 408 individuals 48 unfavourable
Tringa totanus Common Redshank 2020 1655 individuals 82 near favourable
Tringa totanus Common Redshank 2030 1835 individuals 91 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 20773 34814 individuals 100 favourable

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 Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
OUTER BELFAST LOUGH Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 228 protected area overlaps with site 0
INNER BELFAST LOUGH Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 255 protected area overlaps with site 0
Belfast Lough Open Water Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 5,592 protected area contained by site 0
Belfast Lough Open Water Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area contained by site 0
Belfast Lough Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Belfast Lough Nature Reserve 55 protected area overlaps with site 0
Belfast Lough Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 432 protected area overlaps with site 432
Belfast Lough Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 429 protected area overlaps with site 432

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats, Sand dunes and beaches, Coastal lagoons -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
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Land use

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


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Belfast Lough. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2020.