Country/territory: Ireland

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

BirdWatch Ireland
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2009 favourable high medium
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Site description (2000 baseline)
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 (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Rockabill. Downloaded from on 28/02/2024.