Strangford Lough and islands

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 15,504 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 favourable low high
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Site description (2007 baseline)
A shallow sea lough with an indented shoreline and a wide variety of marine and intertidal habitats. The west shore has numerous islands typical of flooded drumlin topography. This is Northern Ireland's most important coastal site for wintering wildfowl, and is also of importance for breeding terns.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Strangford Lough and islands. Downloaded from on 26/02/2024.