A small, shallow bay next to Tramore village in County Waterford, comprising mainly intertidal mudflat with some saltmarsh. It is sheltered from the sea by a long, shingle spit with sand-dunes, leaving only a narrow opening out to sea. The site has been extended since the last pan-European inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989) to include Tramore Bay, outside of the shingle spit, between Great Newtown and Brownstone Head.
This wetland supports several wintering waterfowl in numbers of international importance. Additional species wintering in nationally important numbers include Calidris alpina (2,721 birds, 1996), Pluvialis apricaria (3,600 birds, 1996), Pluvialis squatarola (258 birds, 1996), Calidris alba (71 birds, 1995) and Limosa limosa (250 birds, 1995).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tramore Backstrand. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 01/12/2021.