Cliffs of Moher

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1ii, B3, C3 (2009)
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Area: 369 ha

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Site description
Vertical sea cliffs up to 230 m in height, stretching 7 km along the County Clare coast, 10 km west of Ennistymon. The cliffs are mainly horizontally layered and unvegetated, with some wide vegetated slopes. The cliffs are a major tourist attraction with visitor centre and car park.

Key biodiversity
This is the largest colony of breeding seabirds in County Clare. Additional species that breed in numbers of national importance are Fulmarus glacialis (min. 3,000 birds, 1987), Rissa tridactyla (4,300 birds, 1987) and Uria aalge (12,800 birds, 1987).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Cliffs of Moher. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.