Larne Lough

Site overview: This is a sea lough on the east coast of Northern Ireland and is an area of importance as a breeding and feeding area for a number of tern species, as well as being a wintering site for the Canada/Ireland population of light-bellied brent geese.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


54° 48' 15" North,
5° 44' 46" West

Surface Area

3.96 km2
(1.53 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes


  • Common tern (Sterna hirundo) (Annex I (species))
  • Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis) (Annex I (species))
  • Light-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla hrota [Canada/Ireland]) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Roseate tern (Sterna dougallii) (Annex I (species))