Cummeen Strand (Sligo Harbour)

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA criteria met: B1i, C3 (2009)
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Area: 1,865 ha

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Site description (2000 baseline)
Cummeen Strand is the middle of Sligo Bay's three discrete estuarine areas. It lies at the mouth of the River Garavogue and stretches west from Sligo town. Intertidal mud- and sandflats are the dominant habitat, with sand-dunes at Killaspug and Coney Island, and a shingle spit at Standalone Point. The estuary has been modified with the construction of a training wall. There is intertidal shellfish cultivation.

Key biodiversity
An important wintering and passage site for wildfowl and waders.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cummeen Strand (Sligo Harbour). Downloaded from on 26/02/2024.