Fanad Head peninsula

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: C6 (2000)
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Area: 806 ha

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Site description
A peninsula west of Malin Head, of mainly mixed farmland habitat. The site boundary extends from Saldanha Head, south of Portsalon on the east side of the peninsula, around to Marks Point at Broad Water in Mulroy Bay, on the west side. The major water-bodies are excluded from the IBA.

Key biodiversity
The Fanad coast, adjacent to but outside the IBA, is also notable for wintering seaduck, with Somateria mollissima (420 birds, 1995) and Clangula hyemalis (38 birds, 1995) occurring in numbers of national importance.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fanad Head peninsula. Downloaded from on 21/03/2023.