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Dublin Bay


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC winter 2002-2006 2,730-5,290 individuals B1i, B2, C3
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica NT winter 2002-2006 771-2,511 individuals B1i, C2, C6
Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa NT winter 2002-2006 679-1,448 individuals B1i, C3
Red Knot Calidris canutus NT winter 2002-2006 2,506-5,375 individuals B2
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 2008-2009 404-477 breeding pairs C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2002-2006 27,472-34,996 individuals A4iii, C4

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
South Dublin Bay SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 742 protected area contained by site 742
Sandymount Strand/Tolka Estuary SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 2,193 protected area overlaps with site 2,194
Sandymount Strand/Tolka Estuary Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 654 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rockabill to Dalkey Island SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 27,314 protected area is adjacent to site 0
North Dublin Bay SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,474 protected area contained by site 1,475
North Dublin Bay Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 1,400 protected area contained by site 0
North Bull Island SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,943 protected area contained by site 1,944
North Bull Island Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1,436 protected area overlaps with site 1,436
North Bull Island National Nature Reserve - Section 15 of Wildlife Act 1976 1,318 protected area contained by site 0
North Bull Island Nature Reserve 118 protected area contained by site 1,436
North Bull Island UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1,008 protected area overlaps with site 500
Howth Head SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 375 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Dalkey Islands SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 83 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters, Sand dunes & beaches, Salt marshes, Mud flats & sand flats -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Other urban and industrial areas -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
urban/industrial/transport -
not utilised -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dublin Bay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/01/2022.