Loch Ryan

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: B2 (2007)
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Area: 4,045 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 favourable medium low
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Site description (2007 baseline)
A large, shallow sea loch at the western end of Dumfries and Galloway, which supports the only commercial native oysterbeds in Scotland. Stranraer is located at the base of the loch, with its ferry port. The IBA supports important numbers of wintering waterbirds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Loch Ryan. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.