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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

Protection status:

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 low favourable high
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Site description
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 (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Strangford Lough and islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/12/2019.