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Location United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
Central coordinates 6o 21.14' West  55o 14.92' North
IBA criteria C7
Area 3 ha
Altitude 0 - 30m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description An exposed marine island with steep cliffs and rocky shores, important for breeding seabirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo breeding  1988  370 breeding pairs  good  C7  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area contains site 3  
Sheep Island Area of Special Scientific Interest 4 is identical to site 3  
Sheep Island Birds Directive 4 is identical to site 3  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sheep Island. Downloaded from on 11/07/2014

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