Helvick Head

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Helvick Head is situated on the southern tip of Dungarvan Harbour in County Waterford. Steep sandstone cliffs provide nesting sites for seabirds. The adjacent sea area is included within the site.

Key biodiversity
Breeding seabirds include nationally important numbers of Rissa tridactyla (1,000-1,500 pairs, 1987), as well as Uria aalge (1,000 birds, 1987).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The inaccessibility of the cliffs prevents significant disturbance. On the basis of its breeding seabirds, this site has been proposed as a Special Protection Area (Helvick Head, 78 ha) by NPW and will be designated in the near future.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Helvick Head. Downloaded from on 28/11/2020.