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Upper Lough Erne


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
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus LC winter 2001-2006 840 individuals A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C6

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.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium favourable medium
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
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Residential and commercial development tourism and recreation areas likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 745 840 individuals 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
UPPER LOUGH ERNE - TRANNISH Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 2,081 protected area overlaps with site 0
Upper Lough Erne - Trannish Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) 2,064 protected area contained by site 2,064
UPPER LOUGH ERNE - GALLOON Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 558 protected area overlaps with site 570
UPPER LOUGH ERNE - CROM Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 1,440 protected area overlaps with site 1,443
Upper Lough Erne - Belleisle Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) 1,370 protected area contained by site 1,370
UPPER LOUGH ERNE - BELLEISLE Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 1,353 protected area overlaps with site 0
Upper Lough Erne Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 5,751 protected area overlaps with site 0
Upper Lough Erne Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 5,818 protected area overlaps with site 5,747
Upper Lough Erne Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 5,762 protected area overlaps with site 5,747
KNOCKNINNY HILL Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 63 protected area is adjacent to site 0
KILLYMACKAN LOUGH Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 27 protected area overlaps with site 0
INISHROOSK Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 141 protected area overlaps with site 0
FINN FLOODS Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 67 protected area overlaps with site 0
DERNISH ISLAND Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 64 protected area contained by site 0
Crom Estate Nature Reserve 776 protected area overlaps with site 0
CORRASLOUGH POINT Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 53 protected area overlaps with site 0
CLADAGH (SWANLINBAR) RIVER Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 28 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Cladagh (Swanlinbar) River Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 28 protected area is adjacent to site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation, Fens, transition mires and springs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Upper Lough Erne. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/09/2020.