The Cull and Killag

Year of compilation: 2000

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).

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There is a proposal for a wind-farm at Killag, which may cause displacement of Cygnus columbianus from parts of the site. Changes in agricultural practice threaten the feeding sites of swans Cygnus. The site lies within a proposed candidate Special Area for Conservation (Ballyteigue Burrow; area not known).

Protected areas
National Partial International Partial531 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ballyteigue Burrow, 531 ha). 8 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ballyteigue Burrow, 8 ha). 526 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Ballyteigue Burrow, 526 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: The Cull and Killag. Downloaded from on 18/08/2022.