Trawbreaga Bay

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: B1i, C2, C3 (2009)
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Area: 1,100 ha

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Site description
An almost land-locked bay, situated next to Malin Head on the north County Donegal coast. At its mouth Doagh Isle on the western shore encloses most of the bay, which at low tide is largely exposed mud- and sandflats, with some rocky substrate. The Isle consists of machair and sand-dunes, the latter also being present on the eastern shore of the bay, again at its mouth. Feeding fields for geese Branta, adjacent to the bay, are included. Land-uses include intertidal shellfish cultivation, and recreation.

Key biodiversity
Trawbreaga Bay is the most northerly wetland in Ireland and is important for a diversity of wintering waders and wildfowl.

Two pairs of Falco peregrinus are known to breed in the vicinity of the site.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Trawbreaga Bay. Downloaded from on 06/12/2021.