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
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium favourable low
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Site description
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 Areas factsheet: Loch Ryan. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.