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Larne 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 2001-2006 216 individuals B1i, C3
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii LC breeding 2000 4 breeding pairs B2, C6
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii LC breeding 2006 4 breeding pairs B2, C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 2000 521 breeding pairs C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 2006 743 breeding pairs C6
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC breeding 2000 348 breeding pairs B2, C6
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC breeding 2006 465 breeding pairs B2, 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.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 high near favourable 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
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration high
Pollution industrial & military effluents - oil spills happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Branta bernicla Brent Goose 220 216 individuals 99 favourable
Sterna dougallii Roseate Tern 7 5 breeding pairs 72 near favourable
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 220 743 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Thalasseus sandvicensis Sandwich Tern 235 465 breeding pairs 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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Larne Lough Islands Nature Reserve 1 protected area overlaps with site 0
Larne Lough Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 391 protected area overlaps with site 394
LARNE LOUGH Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 396 protected area overlaps with site 394
Larne Lough Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Larne Lough Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 396 protected area overlaps with site 394

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats, Salt marshes -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Rock stacks and islets -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Larne Lough. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 29/11/2020.