Keeragh Islands

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: C7 (2000)
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Area: 22 ha

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Site description
The Keeraghs are two low-lying islets located approximately 2 km offshore to the west of Ballyteigue Bay in County Wexford. The vegetation is mainly maritime in character and there are surrounding reefs.

Key biodiversity
The number of breeding Phalacrocorax carbo (239 pairs, 1987) comprises about 5% of the Irish population; also notable were the numbers of breeding Sterna paradisaea (12 pairs, 1984) which, however, have ceased to breed at the site despite an attempted restoration programme.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Keeragh Islands. Downloaded from on 09/08/2022.