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Outer Ards


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC winter 2001-2006 681 individuals B1i, C3
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC winter 2001-2006 1,260 individuals C6
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC winter 2001-2006 1,073 individuals A4i, B1i, C3

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium unfavourable low
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Branta bernicla Brent Goose 245 681 individuals 100 favourable
Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 1690 1260 individuals 75 near favourable
Charadrius hiaticula Common Ringed Plover 545 255 individuals 47 unfavourable
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone 1240 1073 individuals 87 near favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
For more information about IBA monitoring please click here

IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Strangford Lough Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Strangford Lough Marine Nature Reserve 16,489 protected area overlaps with site 141
Strangford Lough Nature Reserve 2,763 protected area overlaps with site 0
Strangford Lough Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 15,564 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Strangford Lough Marine Conservation Zone 16,489 protected area overlaps with site 0
Strangford Lough Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 15,392 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Strangford Lough Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Strangford Lough Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area overlaps with site 278
Strangford Loch Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 15,581 protected area is adjacent to site 0
STRANGFORD & LECALE Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NI) 52,502 protected area overlaps with site 0
Outer Ards Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Outer Ards Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,395 protected area overlaps with site 0
OUTER ARDS Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 1,116 protected area overlaps with site 1,093
Outer Ards Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,154 protected area overlaps with site 0
Orlock Point Nature Reserve 11 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Channel Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 160,367 protected area overlaps with site 0
Kearney Nature Reserve 22 protected area overlaps with site 0
BALLYQUINTIN POINT Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 54 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ballymacormick Point Nature Reserve 13 protected area overlaps with site 0
BALLYMACORMICK POINT Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 38 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches -
Sea Open Sea -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores, Rock stacks and islets -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Outer Ards. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/09/2020.