Sheskinmore Lough

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2000 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis LC winter 1996 250 individuals B1i, C2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2000).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
West of Ardara/Maas Road SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 6,736 protected area overlaps with site 848
Sheskinmore Lough SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 563 protected area overlaps with site 918
Sheskinmore Lough Wildfowl Sanctuary 0 protected area contained by site 0
Knockmoyle/Sheskin Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,198 protected area contains site 944


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Machair -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Sheskinmore Lough. Downloaded from on 21/09/2023.