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Location United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
Central coordinates 7o 59.46' West  54o 32.22' North
IBA criteria C6
Area 1,259 ha
Altitude 50 - 180m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description The IBA covers an area of low-lying blanket bog with rocky outcrops, in addition to small lakes and farmland interspersed with small patches of forestry. The site supports a suite of breeding upland birds. Wintering Anser albifrons are the flavirostris subspecies.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  1995  77 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 medium not assessed medium
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agriculture and aquaculture livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Invasive & other problematic species, genes & diseases invasive non-native/alien species/diseases - named species happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Pettigoe Plateau Area of Special Scientific Interest 1,264 is identical to site 1,259  
Pettigoe Plateau Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 1,264 is identical to site 1,259  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland   -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs; Standing freshwater  -
Coastline Scree and boulders  -
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land; Forestry plantations  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 90%
forestry 10%

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Pettigoe Plateau. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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