Lough Gill

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2 (2009)
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Area: 157 ha

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Site description
Lough Gill is situated on the Magharees peninsula in Tralee Bay, on the north coast of County Kerry. It is a very shallow coastal lagoon, with a modified inlet and sluice gate, draining into Tralee Bay. The lagoon is fringed by extensive reedbeds and bordered by dunes, dune grassland and machair on its northern side, while intensive farmland borders most of its southern side. The dune system has been modified by golf-course development. The lagoon is used for fishing and boating.

Key biodiversity
This is an important wintering site for swans Cygnus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lough Gill. Downloaded from on 04/10/2022.