Courtmacsherry, Broadstrand and Dunworley Complex

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, C3, C6 (2009)
For more information about IBA criteria please click here

Area: 910 ha

BirdWatch Ireland

Site description
Courtmacsherry Bay is situated between Clonakilty and Kinsale along the west County Cork coastline. The main count section, Courtmacsherry, includes the estuary of the Argideen River which flows in from the west. This estuary opens out near Timoleague and follows a long and relatively narrow course to where it meets the sea near the village of Courtmacsherry. It also includes the inlet to the north (Garraneteen Strand). Two smaller sections have also been regularly covered as part of this site. Broadstrand is a sandy bay located approximately 2 km to the south. The area known as Dunworley includes a small inlet and adjacent grassland situated approximately 6 km south of Timoleague. The site includes extensive sand and mudflats, most of which are not vegetated, although Spartina sp. does occur in places, particularly on the upper reaches of the estuary on the south side.

Key biodiversity
Site also supports 1% of the all-Ireland population of Wigeon Anas penelope, Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria, Dunlin Calidris alpina, Greenshank Tringa nebularia and Turnstone Arenaria interpres.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Courtmacsherry, Broadstrand and Dunworley Complex. Downloaded from on 05/10/2022.