Lough Neagh & Lough Beg

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Lough Neagh & Lough Beg

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    50,166 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    54°36'N 06°25'W
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Lough Neagh and Lough Beg. 05/01/76; Northern Ireland; 50,166 ha; 54°34'N 006°25'W. Nature Reserve, Area of Special Scientific Interest, Wildfowl Refuge. The largest freshwater lake in the British Isles, with a catchment nearly 40% of the surface of Northern Ireland and fed by major rivers. The site includes floodplains and marshes. Land adjoining the lake is used for grazing. Numerous species of waterbirds occur in nationally and internationally important numbers and include swans and ducks. Eutrophication from agricultural run-off and sewage is seen as a threat. Subject of a Ramsar Advisory Mission in 1989. Ramsar site no. 74. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

Administrative region: 
Northern Ireland

  • National legal designation: 
    • nnr
    • sssi
    • wildfowl refuge
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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