Saltee Islands

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus LC breeding 1996 1,530 breeding pairs B2
European Shag Gulosus aristotelis LC breeding 1996 225 breeding pairs B3
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus LC breeding 1996 600 breeding pairs B3
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus LC breeding 1996 100 breeding pairs B3
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica VU breeding 1996 1,300 breeding pairs B2
Razorbill Alca torda NT breeding 1996 3,200 breeding pairs B3

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.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Saltee Islands SPA Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 714 protected area overlaps with site 630
Saltee Islands Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 15,809 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 -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
For further information about the land use classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Saltee Islands. Downloaded from on 16/10/2019.