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Location United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
Central coordinates 5o 45.91' West  54o 14.73' North
IBA criteria A4i, B1i, C3
Area 418 ha
Altitude 0 - 5m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A long section of rocky and sandy coastline extending from Cranfield Point to St John's Point. The IBA is important for wintering waders and waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula winter  1989-1990  685 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres winter  1989-1990  1,190 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 low not assessed 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

Some of site covered (10-49%)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lecale Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area overlaps with site 314  
Mourne Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area overlaps with site 72  
Murlough Area of Special Scientific Interest 1,453 protected area overlaps with site 68  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Sand dunes and beaches  -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: South Down Coast. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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