Drumcliff Bay and Ballintemple

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, C2, C6 (2009)
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Area: 3,000 ha

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Site description
Drumcliff Bay is the most northern section of Sligo Bay's three estuaries. The main habitats are extensive mud- and sandflats together with goose-feeding fields at Ballintemple, Lissadell and Balgilgan. The site previously included goose-feeding fields at Lissadell and has been considerably enlarged since the previous pan-European inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989) to include Drumcliff Bay itself. There is intertidal shellfish cultivation (aquaculture).

Key biodiversity
The site supports large numbers of wintering wildfowl and waders. In particular, the improved grassland at Ballintemple and Lissadell provides feeding habitat for internationally important numbers of Branta leucopsis, as well as Anser albifrons flavirostris and Cygnus cygnus. Wintering waders include nationally important numbers of Tringa totanus (593 birds, 1995).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Drumcliff Bay and Ballintemple. Downloaded from on 01/12/2022.