Bannow Bay

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC winter 2002-2006 577-1,045 individuals B1i, C3
Little Egret Egretta garzetta LC winter 2003-2007 12-51 individuals C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Bannow Bay SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,363 protected area contains site 877
Bannow Bay SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,325 protected area contains site 901
Bannow Bay Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 958 protected area overlaps with site 958
Bannow Bay Wildfowl Sanctuary 0 protected area contained by site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
hunting -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Bannow Bay. Downloaded from on 27/02/2024.