Carlingford Lough SPA
Carlingford Lough lies on the east coast of Northern Ireland and straddles the international border with the Irish Republic. It is a narrow sea lough surrounded by mountains. The mud-flats and saltmarsh found here provide important feeding areas for the wintering light-bellied brent geese of the Canada/Ireland population. At the mouth of the lough are several small rock and shingle islands which are of importance to breeding terns, which feed in the shallow waters of the lough.
MPA TypeSpecial Protection Area
Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites designated uner European legislation. They are established to protect rare and vulnerable birds and for regularly occurring migratory species.
Designation date1 March 1998
Surface Area8.30 km2 (3.21 mi.2)
Perimeter80.33 km (49.92 mi.)
Common tern (Sterna hirundo)
A silvery-grey and white bird sometimes called a ‘sea swallow’ because of it’s long tail.
Sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
One of Scotland’s four regularly breeding tern species.
Light-bellied brent goose (Branta bernicla hrota)
A small dark goose with small wintering populations in the UK. it is vulnerable as the entire population depends on less than ten wintering sites.
Did you know?…
Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed
Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’