A long, sinuous stretch of semi-natural, lowland wet grassland (callows) alongside the River Suck, in Counties Galway and Roscommon. This site extends for 50 km from Castlecoote in the north to Shannonbridge in the south where it meets the River Shannon callows (site 131). The callows are seasonally flooded between October and April. The area is flanked by raised bogs, many of which have been converted to agricultural use following peat extraction.
This is an important site for wintering waterfowl. Additional species wintering in numbers of national importance include Anas penelope (1,351 birds, 1995) and Vanellus vanellus (3,282 birds, 1995). Crex crex was breeding until recently (1 pair, 1993).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: River Suck callows: Shannon Bridge-Castlecoote. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/11/2021.