Ballysadare Bay

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA criteria met: B1i, B2, C3, C6 (2000)
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Area: 2,146 ha

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Site description (2000 baseline)
Ballysadare Bay, located 7 km south of Sligo town, is the most southern of the three estuarine areas which comprise Sligo Bay. The site encompasses extensive areas of mudflat, with well-developed saltmarsh in places. It extends as far as the spit at Strandhill dunes, where it opens out to the sea. Shooting is permitted in the marshes at the upper reaches of the bay.

Key biodiversity
This site supports a range of waterfowl species in winter.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ballysadare Bay. Downloaded from on 07/12/2023.