Inner Clonakilty Bay

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2, C3 (2000)
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Area: 588 ha

BirdWatch Ireland
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2009 not assessed not assessed not assessed
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Site description
A tidal bay stretching from Clonakilty in west County Cork to the open sea, and comprising two small estuaries, separated by Inchydoney Island. Most of the intertidal area is sandflats, although mudflats occur at the sheltered upper end of each estuary, with adjacent sand-dunes and inland marshes. At the head of the western estuary there is an extensive wetland, the Cloheen Strand Intake, which comprises saline lagoons, brackish grasslands, open freshwater marsh and stands of alder Alnus.

Key biodiversity
This is an important wetland for wintering waterfowl. Additional species that occur in numbers of national importance include Tadorna tadorna (160 birds, 1996), Pluvialis squatarola (86 birds, 1995), Vanellus vanellus (4,146 birds, 1995), Calidris alpina (1,827 birds, 1995) and Tringa totanus (309 birds, 1995).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Inner Clonakilty Bay. Downloaded from on 27/11/2021.