Ballysadare Bay

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
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.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Adjacent to the site there is pressure from industrial development; however, a proposed asphalt factory was recently refused consent. This site has been proposed as a Special Protection Area (Ballysadare Bay, 2,146 ha) by NPW and should be designated in the near future. It also lies within a proposed candidate Special Area for Conservation (Ballysadare Bay; area not known).

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ballysadare Bay. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.