Puffin Island

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: A4ii, A4iii, B1ii, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2009)
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Area: 335 ha

BirdWatch Ireland

Site description
A long, narrow and grassy, uninhabited island, lying 0.5 km off the northern side of St Finan's Bay in south-west County Kerry. It is steep-sided with a long narrow twin-peaked ridge rising to 145 m. The island is owned by BirdWatch Ireland and permission is required for access.

Key biodiversity
An important site for breeding seabirds. Additional species occurring in numbers of national importance include Fulmarus glacialis (700 pairs, 1987), Larus marinus (150 pairs, 1987) and Alca torda (800 birds, 1987).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Puffin Island. Downloaded from on 19/01/2022.