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Neagh, Lough

General Information

Description Lough Neagh is the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles, with a catchment nearly 40% of the surface of Northern Ireland.
Country Ireland
Latitude 54° 35' 0" (54.5833)
Longitude -6° 25' 0" (-6.4167)

Physical Characteristics

Description Lehner & Doll (2002) Surface Area = 380.3
Surface Area 300.00 km2
Type Fresh
Catchment Catchment size: 2.80 km2
Catchment/surface area ratio: 0:1


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern



Biodiversity Conservation of the World's Lakes: A Preliminary Framework for Identifying Priorities
History of Research: Eutrophication
ILEC Database


11/13/2013 - Largest Lake in Britain and Ireland Has Lost Three Quarters of Winter Water Birds

Additional Data Sources

Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute). 2002. World, Europe & US base and water feature maps. ArcGIS 8.2.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.
Lehner, B. and Doll, P. (2004): Development and validation of a global database of lakes, reservoirs and wetlands. Journal of Hydrology 296/1-4: 1-22.
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The List of Wetlands of International Importance.

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