Ireland's Eye

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
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus LC breeding 2005-2007 313-375 breeding pairs B3
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC breeding 2007 646 breeding pairs B1i, C3
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus LC breeding 2007 185 breeding pairs B3

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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Rockabill to Dalkey Island SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 27,314 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Bull Island UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1,008 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ireland's Eye SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 214 protected area contains site 0
Ireland's Eye SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 42 protected area contained by site 42


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores, Rock stacks and islets -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ireland's Eye. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.