The Cull and Killag

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
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC winter 2002-2006 25-166 individuals B2
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC winter 2002-2006 300-888 individuals B1i, C3
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC winter 2002-2006 6,000-12,745 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)
Ballyteigue Burrow SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 660 protected area contained by site 661
Ballyteigue Burrow (1987) Nature Reserve 531 protected area contained by site 531
Ballyteige Burrow SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 703 protected area overlaps with site 522
Ballyteige Nature Reserve 6 protected area contained by site 8


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Arable land -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: The Cull and Killag. Downloaded from on 01/10/2023.