Lough Foyle

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Lough Foyle

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    2,204 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    55°05'N 07°02'W
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Lough Foyle. 02/02/99; Northern Ireland; 2,204 ha; 55°05'N 007°02'W. National Nature Reserve, Special Protection Area EC Directive. The site is composed of a large shallow lough including estuaries, extensive intertidal areas of mudflats, sandflats, saltmarsh and associated brackish ditches. It supports a diverse assemblage of waterfowl (Limosa lapponica, 1.6% of the population, and Branta bernicla hrota, 11% of the population) and internationally important (more than 29,000 birds) waterfowl. The site is used for nature conservation, gathering shellfish, and recreation. Ramsar site no. 974. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

Administrative region: 
Northern Ireland

  • National legal designation: 
    • Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
    • assi
    • nnr
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)