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Location United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
Central coordinates 5o 38.07' West  54o 15.31' North
IBA criteria B1i, C3
Area 133 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The IBA comprises a small estuary with tidal mudflats and shingle banks. The site is important for wintering waterbirds. Wintering Branta bernicla are from the Canadian/Greenland breeding population of the hrota subspecies.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Brent Goose Branta bernicla winter  2001-2006  451 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low favourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Branta bernicla Brent Goose 330 451 individuals 100 favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  No management planning has taken place  Unknown  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Killough Bay and Strand Lough Area of Special Scientific Interest 176 protected area overlaps with site 104  
Lecale Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area overlaps with site 107  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats; Shingle or stony beaches; Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Killough Bay. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016

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