Horn Head cliffs

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

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

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

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


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Horn Head cliffs. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.