Inishbofin and Inishshark (including Davillaun)

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
Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis LC winter 2003-2008 640-764 individuals B1i, C2, C6
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle LC breeding 2000 61 individuals B2

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)
West Connacht Coast SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 65,988 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Inishbofin; Omey Island and Turbot Island SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 179 protected area overlaps with site 0
Inishbofin and Inishshark SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,794 is identical to site 1,821
High Island; Inishshark and Davillaun SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,217 protected area overlaps with site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland -
Grassland Humid grasslands, Mesophile grasslands -
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Inishbofin and Inishshark (including Davillaun). Downloaded from on 25/09/2023.