River Foyle: Carrigans and Swilly Burn valleys

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B3, C2, C6 (2009)
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Area: 2,300 ha

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Site description
This site encompasses an 8-km estuarine stretch of the River Foyle, with mudflat and saltmarsh habitat and two contiguous river valleys, with wet meadow, arable fields and improved pasture. It is located south of Derry city in Northern Ireland, while its eastern boundary is the County Donegal/Tyrone border. Nearby Lough Foyle, located north of Derry city, is a separate site (site 004).

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for wintering wildfowl. Species occurring in nationally important numbers include Anas crecca (657 birds, 1995), Bucephala clangula (115 birds, 1996) and Mergus serrator (42 birds, 1996).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Foyle: Carrigans and Swilly Burn valleys. Downloaded from on 06/12/2021.