The distribution and numbers of inshore waterbirds using Belfast Lough outside the breeding season and a possible boundary around important aggregations 2016
Marine Terrestrial JNCC Publications Seabird Surveys 0963-8091 Birds Birds Directive Birds of particular localities Coastal and Estuarine Habitats JNCC report series Marine Marine Habitat Mapping Marine Habitats Marine protected area Seabirds Surveillance and Monitoring 581
The EU Birds Directive requires Member States to identify the most suitable territories to protect as Special Protection Areas on land and at sea for those species listed on Annex I of the Directive and for migratory species. As part of this work, JNCC identified approximately 50 inshore areas which might hold important numbers of waterbirds during the non-breeding season, one of which was Belfast Lough. This report presents an initial analysis, which will feed into the UK’s initiative looking at possible sites for red-throated divers.
Resource type Publication
Topic category Environment
Reference date 2016·01·01
Win, I., Bingham, C., O’Brien, S.H., Wilson, L.J., Webb, A. & Reid, J.B., (2016), The distribution and numbers of inshore waterbirds using Belfast Lough outside the breeding season and a possible boundary around important aggregations, JNCC Report No. 581, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.
The aim of this work was to determine whether the inshore areas of Belfast Lough, or a part thereof, meet the UK SPA Selection Guidelines in respect of the numbers of inshore waterbirds outside the breeding season.
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Metadata date 2019·08·01
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