Cliffs of Moher

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica VU breeding 1987 700-1,000 breeding pairs B2
Razorbill Alca torda NT breeding 1987 2,300 breeding pairs B3
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1983 10,000 breeding pairs A4iii, C4

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

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Cliffs of Moher SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 45,694 protected area overlaps with 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 (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cliffs of Moher. Downloaded from on 17/09/2019.