Larne Lough

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: B1i, B2, C3, C6 (2007)
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Area: 394 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 high near favourable medium
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Site description (baseline)
A sea lough containing mudflats, mussel-beds and a small area of saltings. The IBA includes the small, vegetated Swan Island, and the man-made `Blue Circle' Island. The mudflats are important for wintering Branta bernicla hrota from the Canadian/Greenland breeding population, while Swan/Blue Circle Islands support an important mixed tern colony.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Larne Lough. Downloaded from on 29/05/2023.