Lough Fern

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: C7 (2000)
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Area: 185 ha

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Site description
Lough Fern is situated south of Mulroy Bay in County Donegal. There are wetlands at its south and north ends, with marsh, reedbed and wet woodland. The lake is used by anglers.

Key biodiversity
Lough Fern was designated as a Special Protection Area on the basis of migratory waterfowl populations. It is one of the most important wintering sites in Ireland for Aythya ferina, (1,208 birds, 1996).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lough Fern. Downloaded from on 27/11/2021.