Howth Head

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA criteria met: B2, C7 (2000)
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Area: 102 ha

BirdWatch Ireland

Site description (2000 baseline)
A rocky headland, sea cliffs and adjacent sea area, situated on the northern side of Dublin Bay. On the slopes above the cliffs there is a mosaic of heathland vegetation. The sewage outflow for north Dublin is off Howth Head (`Other' land-use). The area is very popular for walkers and horse-riders.

Key biodiversity
The sea cliffs are important for breeding seabirds, with nationally important numbers of Rissa tridactyla (c.1,700 pairs, 1987) and Alca torda (280 birds, 1987).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Howth Head. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.