Cork Harbour

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
Little Egret Egretta garzetta LC winter 2003-2007 83-166 individuals C6
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT winter 2002-2006 1,428-3,337 individuals B1i, C3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2002-2006 26,923-31,175 individuals 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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Great Island Channel SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,443 protected area overlaps with site 1,930
Douglas Estuary Wildfowl Sanctuary 0 unknown 0
Cork Harbour SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,660 protected area overlaps with site 2,182
Cork Harbour Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,436 protected area overlaps with site 1,436


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters, Salt marshes, Mud flats & sand flats -
Forest Alluvial and very wet forest -
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Other urban and industrial areas -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
agriculture -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cork Harbour. Downloaded from on 17/08/2022.