Saltee Islands

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
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus LC breeding 2001-2002 250 breeding pairs B2
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus LC breeding 1999 1,930 breeding pairs B3
European Shag Gulosus aristotelis LC breeding 2000 268 breeding pairs B3
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus LC breeding 2000 156 breeding pairs B3
Razorbill Alca torda NT breeding 2000 3,239 individuals B3
Common Murre Uria aalge LC breeding 2000 21,436 individuals B1ii, C3
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1998-2002 20,000-49,999 A4iii, C4

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

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Saltee Islands SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 871 protected area contains site 630
Saltee Islands SAC Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 15,802 protected area contains site 761
Saltee Islands Nature Reserve 126 protected area contains site 126


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Artificial/Terrestrial Ruderal land -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saltee Islands. Downloaded from on 20/09/2020.