Malahide/ Broadmeadow Estuary

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
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC winter 2002-2006 1,144-2,411 individuals B1i, B2, C3
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT winter 2002-2006 247-1,199 individuals B1i, C3

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)
Malahide Estuary SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 809 protected area overlaps with site 467
Malahide Estuary Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 800 protected area overlaps with site 0
Broadmeadow/Swords Estuary SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 765 protected area overlaps with site 356
Broadmeadow Estuary Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 546 protected area overlaps with site 546


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing brackish and salt water, Water fringe vegetation -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Other urban and industrial areas -
Coastline Shingle & stony beaches, Sand dunes & beaches, Salt marshes, Mud flats & sand flats -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Malahide/ Broadmeadow Estuary. Downloaded from on 24/09/2020.