A tight group of small, flat, uninhabited islets, located 3.5 km off Dawros Head in County Donegal. Much of the site is sparsely vegetated with the exception of the main island Roaninish, which is covered in lush maritime grassland, and has two small ponds.
This is an important site for breeding seabirds; species present in numbers of national importance are Larus marinus (60 birds, 1984) and Larus argentatus (200 birds, 1984). In the past the site has been important for wintering Branta leucopsis (250 birds, pre-1987) but not in recent years.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Roaninish. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 08/07/2020.