SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Carlingford Lough 

image: SPA location map 

 

Carlingford Lough lies on the east coast of Northern Ireland and straddles the international border with the Irish Republic. It is a narrow sea lough surrounded by mountains. The northern shore lies in Northern Ireland and includes the most significant mud-flats in the lough and an area of saltmarsh. These provide important feeding areas for wintering Light-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota of the Canada/Ireland population. At the mouth of the lough are several small rock and shingle islands which are of importance to breeding terns, which feed in the shallow waters of the lough. 

 


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:
 
During the breeding season;
 
Common Tern Sterna hirundo, 339 pairs representing 10.9% of the breeding population in Ireland (5 year mean, 1993-1997)
 
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis, 575 pairs representing 13.1% of the breeding population in Ireland (5 year mean, 1993-1997)
 

 

This site also qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following migratory species:
 
Over winter;
 
Light-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota, 319 individuals representing 1.6% of the wintering Canada/Ireland population (WeBS 5yr peak mean 90/91-94/5)
 
Note that sites selected for waterbird species on the basis of their occurrence in the breeding, passage or winter periods also provide legal protection for these species when they occur at other times of the year.

 


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Note that sites selected for waterbird species on the basis of their occurrence in the breeding, passage or winter periods also provide legal protection for these species when they occur at other times of the year.