The Cull and Killag

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, B2, C3, C6 (2009)
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Area: 896 ha

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Site description
Situated next to Kilmore quay in County Wexford, the western part of this site (the Cull) is a long, narrow sea inlet and estuary, protected from the open sea by a shingle-spit with dunes. The eastern part of this intertidal system (Killag) was claimed in the last century by construction of the Cull bank and is now polderland, most of which is intensively farmed grassland and arable land.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for wintering waterbirds; additional species occurring in numbers of national importance are Anas crecca (520 birds, 1996), Anas acuta (55 birds, 1996), Mergus serrator (41 birds, 1996), Pluvialis apricaria (4,100 birds, 1995), Vanellus vanellus (6,210 birds, 1995) and Calidris alpina (1,275 birds, 1996).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: The Cull and Killag. Downloaded from on 29/11/2022.