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Location United Kingdom, Scotland
Central coordinates 5o 2.69' West  54o 57.85' North
IBA criteria B2
Area 4,045 ha
Altitude 0 - 8m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A large, shallow sea loch at the western end of Dumfries and Galloway, which supports the only commercial native oysterbeds in Scotland. Stranraer is located at the base of the loch, with its ferry port. The IBA supports important numbers of wintering waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater Scaup Aythya marila winter  2001-2006  1,035 individuals  good  B2  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

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

Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium

Aythya marila Greater Scaup 780 1035 individuals 100 favourable

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats; Shingle or stony beaches; Standing brackish and salt water  major
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation 1%
urban/industrial/transport 2%

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

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