Inishglora and Inishkeeragh

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
Two low-lying offshore islands, 1 km west of Corraun Point on the Mullet peninsula, County Mayo. This site includes Carricknaronty Rocks, Duffar Rocks and the surrounding sea area.

Key biodiversity
These islands are important for their breeding colonies of seabirds, and are also notable for wintering Branta leucopsis (265 birds, 1994; birds also use sites 043 and 044), and for breeding Sterna paradisaea (105 pairs, 1995). There are also small numbers of Sterna albifrons. Other breeding seabirds in numbers of national importance are Phalacrocorax carbo (57 pairs), Larus marinus (75 pairs) and Larus fuscus (min. 20 pairs).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Fishing may deplete the prey stock of seabirds, with implications for their breeding success.

Protected areas
National None International High337 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Inishglora and Inishkeeragh, 337 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Inishglora and Inishkeeragh. Downloaded from on 28/09/2022.