Inishbofin, Inisdooey and Inisbeg

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA criteria met: C6 (2009)
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Area: 604 ha

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Site description (baseline)
The site comprises three islands, Inishbofin, Inishdooey and Inishbeg and is located 2 km off the Donegal coast, 5 km north-west of Falcarragh. The largest island, Inishbofin, comprises mainly dry grassland which, although farmed in the past, is now largely abandoned. In the previous European inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989) the site included just one island, but the nearby islands of Inishdooey and Inishbeg, together with the surrounding waters, have now been added. Inishbofin is inhabited during the summer months.

Key biodiversity
Together with Tory Island (site 012), these islands held 20% of the national population of Crex crex in 1996 (numbers are calling males, 1995-1996). The site was also nationally important for breeding terns Sterna. Recently only Sterna paradisaea has bred (72 pairs, 1995).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Inishbofin, Inisdooey and Inisbeg. Downloaded from on 08/06/2023.