Horse Island ASSI

Protected area type: Areas of Special Scientific Interest
Feature type: 
  • Species
  • Fermanagh
Council: Fermanagh and Omagh
Guidance and literature: Horse Island ASSI

Horse Island is a lightly grazed drumlin island in Lower Lough Erne. The Erne basin generally is one of the prime locations for breeding waders in the British Isles. Waders including snipe, curlew, redshank and lapwing have been recorded on the island making it one of the most important wader sites in Northern Ireland.

The density of nests, at over 3 per hectare, is one of the highest ever recorded. Other species of breeding birds include common sandpiper, oystercatcher, great crested grebe and tufted duck.

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