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
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC winter 2002-2006 8,400-10,300 individuals B1i, C2, C6
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT winter 2002-2006 820-1,220 individuals B1i, C3
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus LC winter 2002-2006 3,142-6,500 individuals B1i, C3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2002-2003 20,725-21,033 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.

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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Ballymacoda Bay SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 586 protected area overlaps with site 372
Ballymacoda (Clonpriest and Pillmore) SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 486 protected area overlaps with site 362
Ballymacoda Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 375 protected area contained by site 375


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Coastline Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters, Sand dunes & beaches, Salt marshes, Mud flats & sand flats -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ballymacoda. Downloaded from on 25/06/2021.