Howth Head

Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
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).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Sewage disposal is a threat but plans for a new sewage-treatment plant are now underway. The site has been proposed as a Special Protection Area (Howth Head, 102 ha) by NPW and should be designated in the near future.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Howth Head. Downloaded from on 22/02/2024.