Blackwater estuary

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA criteria met: B1i, C3, C6 (2009)
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Area: 500 ha

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IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2009 low favourable low
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Site description (baseline)
A small estuary of the Blackwater river with a narrow opening to the sea. This site includes areas of intertidal mudflat and saltmarsh within the main Blackwater estuary and the smaller adjoining Tourig estuary. An intertidal pool at Foxhole, where the embankment has been breached is also within the site. The estuary is used for recreational boating activities.

Key biodiversity
Several other wintering species occur in numbers of national importance, including Anas penelope (1,001 birds, 1995), Pluvialis squatarola (77 birds, 1996) and Calidris alpina (2,537 birds, 1996).

A 2002 survey of Falco peregrinus reported a breeding pair in the viciniy of the site.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Blackwater estuary. Downloaded from on 11/06/2023.