Lough Arrow

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: C7 (2000)
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Area: 1,266 ha

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Site description
Lough Arrow is a large, limestone lake with wooded islands and reedbeds. It is situated north of Ballinafad in Counties Sligo and Roscommon. Historically, the nutrient-levels in the lake-water have been moderate (mesotrophic). There is trout- and eel-fishing and boating. Information on land-uses is incomplete.

Key biodiversity
The site was designated as a Special Protection Area on the basis of migratory waterfowl, with the following number of individuals recorded during the period 1986-1987: Tachybaptus ruficollis (35), Anas penelope (87), Anas platyrhynchos (27), Aythya ferina (36), Aythya fuligula (226), Bucephala clangula (49) and Fulica atra (325).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lough Arrow. Downloaded from on 01/12/2021.