Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B3 (2009)
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Area: 260 ha

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Site description
A low, flat marine island, with rocky coastline and several small lakes, situated 6 km north-west of Streedagh Point in County Sligo. The main habitat is wet acidic grassland. The island has been uninhabited since the 1950s and is an important archaeological site. The IBA has been expanded since the previous European inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989) to include the surrounding sea area.

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding seabirds and for wintering wildfowl, as well as a nationally important breeding site for Somateria mollissima.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Inishmurray. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.