Strangford Lough IPA
Location: South east of Belfast. The A22 from Belfast lies to its west and the A20 skirts its eastern shore.
Grid Reference: J 552 619
Strangford Lough IPA has been recognised as one of 165 Important Plant Areas in the UK.
The key features of this IPA are:
Strangford Lough is a large (150km²) shallow sea lough situated on the east coast of County Down, Northern Ireland.
About a third of the lough is intertidal. The southern half of Strangford Lough has high algal diversity and maerl beds.
This IPA has been identified for stonewort and habitat interest.