Cliffs of Moher

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
Razorbill Alca torda NT breeding 1999 7,700 individuals B1ii, B3, C3
Common Murre Uria aalge LC breeding 1999 19,962 individuals B1ii, C3

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)
Cliffs of Moher SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 874 protected area contains site 341
Cliffs of Moher Refuge for Fauna 0 protected area contains site 140


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -
tourism/recreation -
agriculture -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cliffs of Moher. Downloaded from on 03/08/2021.