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Location United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
Central coordinates 7o 29.36' West  54o 12.82' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C6
Area 5,747 ha
Altitude 40 - 75m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description Flooded drumlins in the course of the River Erne give rise to a complex of islands, bays and lakes, bordered by damp pasture, fen and reed-swamp (Phragmites).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus winter  2001-2006  840 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, B3, C2, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Upper Lough Erne Birds Directive 5,787 is identical to site 5,747  
Upper Lough Erne Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 5,818 protected area contains site 5,747  
Upper Lough Erne - Belleisle Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) 1,370 protected area contained by site 1,370  
Upper Lough Erne - Crom Area of Special Scientific Interest 1,437 protected area contained by site 1,443  
Upper Lough Erne - Galloon Area of Special Scientific Interest 557 protected area contained by site 570  
Upper Lough Erne - Trannish Area of Special Scientific Interest (ASSI) 2,064 protected area contained by site 2,064  

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Upper Lough Erne. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 28/07/2014

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