Magharee Islands, Mucklaghmore and Illaunbarnagh

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
European Storm-petrel Hydrobates pelagicus LC breeding 2006-2007 1,100-1,502 breeding pairs C2
European Shag Gulosus aristotelis LC breeding 2006-2007 271-284 breeding pairs B3
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC breeding 2006-2007 18 breeding pairs C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 2006-2007 128-136 breeding pairs C6
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea LC breeding 2006-2007 163-170 breeding pairs C6

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)
Magharee Islands SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 417 protected area contains site 0
Magharee Islands SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,269 protected area overlaps with site 327


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Marine Neritic -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
agriculture -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Magharee Islands, Mucklaghmore and Illaunbarnagh. Downloaded from on 25/03/2023.