Horn Head cliffs

IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
Razorbill Alca torda LC breeding 1999 6,739 individuals B1ii, B3, C3

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Horn Head to Fanad Head SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,385 protected area contains site 0
Horn Head SPA - IE0004012 Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 0 protected area overlaps with site 396
Horn Head and Rinclevan SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,343 protected area contains site 468
Horn Head Refuge for Fauna 0 protected area contains site 176


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Horn Head cliffs. Downloaded from on 28/05/2023.