Inner Galway Bay

IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2009

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
Mute Swan Cygnus olor LC winter 2002-2006 148-212 individuals B1i
Brent Goose Branta bernicla LC winter 2002-2006 729-1,260 individuals B1i, B2, C3
Common Loon Gavia immer LC winter 2002-2006 101-191 individuals B1i, C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2002-2006 14,386-27,180 individuals A4iii, C4

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

For more information about the IBA criteria, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Inner Galway Bay SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 13,262 protected area contains site 11,280
Inner Galway Bay Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 11,905 protected area overlaps with site 11,905
Galway Bay Complex SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 14,403 protected area overlaps with site 11,905
Galway Bay Complex Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 14,400 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Neritic -
Marine Intertidal -
For further information about the IUCN habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
urban/industrial/transport -
For further information about the land-use classification, please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Inner Galway Bay. Downloaded from on 31/05/2023.