Belfast Lough

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Belfast Lough

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Site number: 
  • Area: 
    432 ha
  • Designation date: 
  • Coordinates: 
    54°39'N 05°51'W
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Belfast Lough. 05/08/98; Northern Ireland; 432 ha; 54°38'N 005°54'W. Special Protection Area EC Directive; SSSI. The inner part of the lough comprises areas of intertidal foreshore composed of mudflats and lagoons, and land, both reclaimed and being reclaimed, which form important feeding/roosting sites for significant numbers of wintering waders and wildfowl. The outer lough is restricted to mainly rocky shores with some small sandy bays and beach-head saltmarsh. It regularly supports internationally important numbers of Redshank (Tringa totanus) in winter. Human activities include tourism, recreation, and fishing. Ramsar site no. 958. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

Administrative region: 
Northern Ireland

  • National legal designation: 
    • assi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)