|Location||Ireland, North West|
|Central coordinates||8o 33.00' West 54o 20.00' North|
|IBA criteria||B1i, B2, C2|
|Altitude||0 - 10m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2000|
Site description Drumcliff Bay is the most northern section of Sligo Bay's three estuaries. The main habitats are extensive mud- and sandflats together with goose-feeding fields at Ballintemple, Lissadell and Balgilgan. The site previously included goose-feeding fields at Lissadell and has been considerably enlarged since the previous pan-European inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989) to include Drumcliff Bay itself. There is intertidal shellfish cultivation (aquaculture).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis||winter||1994||1,774 individuals||good||B1i, B2, C2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Ballygilgan (Lissadell)||Nature Reserve||29||protected area contained by site||29|
|Cummeen Strand/Drumcliff Bay (Sligo Bay) - IE0000627||Habitats Directive||4,919||protected area overlaps with site||2,235|
|Drumcliff Bay SPA - IE0004013||Birds Directive||1,537||protected area contained by site||1,537|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Coastline||Mud flats & sand flats; Salt marshes; Sand dunes & beaches; Tidal rivers & enclosed tidal waters||40%|
|Sea||Sea inlets and coastal features||40%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Highly improved re-seeded landscapes||20%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||5%|
Protection status National Low International Partial29 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Balgilgan/Lissadell, 29 ha). 1,575 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Drumcliff Bay, 1,575 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Drumcliff Bay and Ballintemple. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 07/12/2013
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