Lough Kinale and Lough Derragh

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i (2009)
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Area: 281 ha

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Site description
Located east of Longford town mainly within County Longford, this site comprises the larger Lough Kinale and, to its south-east, Lough Derragh. Lough Kinale has two main basins which are almost separated by swamp formations. The main input of water comes from Lough Sheelin via the River Inny. Both lakes are linked by a short channel and are used for fishing.

Key biodiversity
Loughs Kinale and Derragh are important for waterfowl. Species occurring in nationally important numbers are Aythya ferina (1,639 birds, 1996), Aythya fuligula (873 birds, 1996) and Fulica atra (552 birds, 1996).

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