An extensive, sheltered sea bay and estuary, situated in County Wexford, 20 km east of Waterford city. At low tide over 75% of the bay is exposed mud and sand with some saltmarsh. The Ownduff and Corock rivers discharge into the head of the bay which is constricted at its mouth by sandbars and a dune system on either side. There is intertidal shellfish cultivation.
This wetland supports a wide range of wintering waterfowl. Several additional species occur in numbers of national importance including Tadorna tadorna (491 birds, 1996), Pluvialis apricaria (7,480 birds, 1995), Pluvialis squatarola (280 birds, 1996), Vanellus vanellus (3,450 birds, 1995) and Tringa totanus (485 birds, 1996).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bannow Bay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/08/2020.