Cahore marshes

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2, C2, C3 (2000)
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Area: 450 ha

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Site description
Located just south of Cahore Point in County Wexford, this site comprises a large area of polder, which is separated from the sea by a ridge of sand-dunes. The polder was formerly a wetland, which was drained to provide agriculturally improved grassland for grazing.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for wintering waterfowl, including nationally important numbers of Anas penelope (1,400 birds, 1996), Anas acuta (22 birds, 1996), and Vanellus vanellus (6,800 birds, 1996).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cahore marshes. Downloaded from on 06/07/2022.