Lough Cutra

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: C7 (2000)
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Area: 390 ha

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Site description
A freshwater lake, with low to moderate nutrient levels, lying on limestone 4 km south-east of Gort in County Galway. The lake supports aquatic vegetation, with reedbeds in sheltered bays.

Key biodiversity
Lough Cutra was designated as a Special Protection Area on the basis of important numbers of breeding Phalacrocorax carbo (166 pairs, 1985; up to 300 birds in winter).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lough Cutra. Downloaded from on 09/08/2022.