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Howth Head


Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B2, C7 (2000)
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Area: 102 ha

Protection status:

BirdWatch Ireland

Site description
A rocky headland, sea cliffs and adjacent sea area, situated on the northern side of Dublin Bay. On the slopes above the cliffs there is a mosaic of heathland vegetation. The sewage outflow for north Dublin is off Howth Head (`Other' land-use). The area is very popular for walkers and horse-riders.

Key biodiversity
The sea cliffs are important for breeding seabirds, with nationally important numbers of Rissa tridactyla (c.1,700 pairs, 1987) and Alca torda (280 birds, 1987).


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Howth Head. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/08/2020.