Lough Corrib supports an internationally important population of waterfowl. The average population of Pochard is 8,600. Other species of national importance include Coot, Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Cormorant and Greenland White-fronted Goose. The Whooper Swan, Hen Harrier and Kingfisher have also been recently recorded at close to Lough Corrib, all of which are listed on the EU Birds Directive.
Many of the species listed on the EU Habitats Directive are found at Lough Corrib. Some of these include Sea Lamprey, Atlantic Salmon, White-clawed Crayfish, Freshwater Pearl Mussel, Slender Naiad and Otter.
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