Loch of Strathbeg

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
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 2001-2006 610 individuals B1i, C2
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis LC winter 2001-2006 616 individuals B1i, B2, C2
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis LC winter 2001-2006 177 individuals B1i, C2
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus LC passage 2001-2006 33,951 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus LC winter 2001-2006 27,775 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a passage 2001-2006 44,226 individuals A4iii, C4
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2001-2006 41,085 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 low very unfavourable high
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
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 155 610 individuals 100 favourable
Branta leucopsis Barnacle Goose 130 177 individuals 100 favourable
Anser anser Greylag Goose 2270 619 individuals 28 very unfavourable
Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose 32500 27775 individuals 86 near favourable
Thalasseus sandvicensis Sandwich Tern 480 0 breeding pairs 0 very unfavourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 42802 41085 individuals 96 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 comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species The conservation measures needed for the site are being comprehensively and effectively implemented high
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Loch of Strathbeg Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 616 is identical to site 613
Loch of Strathbeg RSPB Reserve 892 protected area overlaps with site 503
Loch Of Strathbeg Nature Reserve 895 protected area overlaps with site 0
Loch of Strathbeg Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 616 protected area overlaps with site 613
Loch of Strathbeg Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 955 protected area overlaps with site 613


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches, Standing freshwater, Water fringe vegetation, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Loch of Strathbeg. Downloaded from on 17/08/2022.