Inishkeeragh and Illancrone

IBA Criteria

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 estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis LC winter 2003-2008 164-235 individuals B2, C2
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea LC breeding 1995 224 breeding pairs C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Rutland Island and Sound SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,866 protected area overlaps with site 23
Illancrone and Inishkeeragh SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 419 is identical to site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
not utilised -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Inishkeeragh and Illancrone. Downloaded from on 25/03/2023.