Ireland's Eye

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA criteria met: B1i, B3, C3 (2009)
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Area: 90 ha

BirdWatch Ireland

Site description (2000 baseline)
An uninhabited island and surrounding waters, located 1.5 km north of Howth, in County Dublin. The island is mainly rough grassland with steep sea cliffs on the north-east side. The island receives quite high numbers of visitors in the summer months given its proximity to Dublin.

Key biodiversity
Seabirds breeding in nationally important numbers include Sula bassana (106 pairs, 1996), Phalacrocorax carbo (217 pairs, 1994), Rissa tridactyla (1,079 pairs, 1994), Uria aalge (1,498 birds, 1994) and Alca torda (428 birds, 1994).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ireland's Eye. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.