Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2, C2, C6 (2009)
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Area: 7,868 ha

Protection status:

BirdWatch Ireland
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2009 high favourable medium
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Site description
Two small, rocky islands approximately 7 km off the north coast of County Dublin. The lighthouse present on one island has been unmanned since 1989.

Key biodiversity
Rockabill is important for breeding seabirds and supports the largest breeding colony of Sterna dougallii in the north-east Atlantic and, thus, in Europe.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rockabill. Downloaded from on 03/12/2020.