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Carlingford 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
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC winter 2002-2006 495 individuals B1i, C3
Greater Scaup Aythya marila LC winter 2002-2006 255 individuals B2
Common Redshank Tringa totanus LC winter 2002-2006 1,278 individuals B2
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 2000-2006 398-509 breeding pairs C6
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC breeding 2000-2006 650-826 breeding pairs B1i, B2, C2, 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 unfavourable low
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
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - type unknown/unrecorded likely in short term (within 4 years) 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 shipping lanes 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
Branta bernicla Brent Goose 320 467 individuals 100 favourable
Aythya marila Greater Scaup 555 310 individuals 56 unfavourable
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 509 398 breeding pairs 79 near favourable
Thalasseus sandvicensis Sandwich Tern 270 825 breeding pairs 100 favourable

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 Some limited conservation initiatives are in place low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
White Water River Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 62 protected area is adjacent to site 0
ROSTREVOR WOOD Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 17 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rostrevor Wood Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 17 protected area overlaps with site 0
RING OF GULLION AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NI) 15,344 protected area is adjacent to site 0
MOURNE AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NI) 57,994 protected area overlaps with site 0
Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area overlaps with site 976
Carlingford Lough Islands Nature Reserve 17 protected area overlaps with site 0
Carlingford Lough Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
CARLINGFORD LOUGH Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 1,100 protected area overlaps with site 1,105
Carlingford Lough Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 831 protected area overlaps with site 827
Carlingford Lough Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 827 protected area overlaps with site 827

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
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 (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Carlingford Lough. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/12/2022.