Broadhaven, Blacksod and Tullaghan Bays and parts of the Mullet peninsula

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B3, C2, C3, C6 (2009)
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Area: 19,586 ha

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Site description
A very large coastal complex, next to Belmullet in County Mayo. This site includes the intertidal mudflats, sandflats and saltmarsh of several bays as well as parts of the Mullet peninsula and mainland, with machair, lake, marsh and non-intensive farmland. This site is an amalgamation of three sites which were listed as separate IBAs in the previous European inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): Broadhaven Bay (formerly IE028), Termoncarragh Lake (formerly IE029) and Blacksod Bay (formerly IE033).

Key biodiversity
The bays and other coastal, lake and intertidal habitats support a wide diversity of wintering and breeding birds. In winter, there are internationally important numbers of several waterbirds. In addition, there are nationally important numbers of Anser albifrons flavirostris, Mergus serrator (43 birds, 1996), Pluvialis squatarola (61 birds, 1995), Charadrius hiaticula, Calidris alba (65 birds, 1995), Calidris alpina (2,465 birds, 1996) and Limosa limosa (136 birds, 1996).

A 2002 survey of breeding Falco peregrinus found one breeding pair in the vicinity of the site.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Broadhaven, Blacksod and Tullaghan Bays and parts of the Mullet peninsula. Downloaded from on 26/03/2023.