Ireland's Eye

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
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

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA 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


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
tourism/recreation -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ireland's Eye. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.