Inner Galway Bay

IBA Criteria

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 estimate 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: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap 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)
Coastline Shingle & stony beaches, Sand dunes & beaches, Mud flats & sand flats -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
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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 (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Inner Galway Bay. Downloaded from on 18/08/2022.