Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B2 (2000)
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Area: 144 ha

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Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
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.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Roaninish. Downloaded from on 28/01/2023.