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Location Ireland, East
Central coordinates 6o 1.00' West  53o 29.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B1ii, B3, C2, C3, C4
Area 612 ha
Altitude 0 - 127m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description Situated 4 km off the north coast of County Dublin, this site includes Lambay Island and surrounding waters. About a third of the island on the lower western shore comprises managed pasture, with much of the rest being used as rough grazing for cattle and sheep.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus breeding  1987  50-100 breeding pairs  good  B1ii, C3  Least Concern 
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis breeding  1995  1,164 breeding pairs  good  A4i, B1i, B3, C2  Least Concern 
Common Guillemot Uria aalge breeding  1995  51,777 breeding pairs  good  B1ii, C3  Least Concern 
Razorbill Alca torda breeding  1995  3,646 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - seabirds breeding  1995  unknown  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lambay Island - IE0000204 Habitats Directive 405 protected area contained by site 405  
Lambay Island SPA - IE0004069 Birds Directive 600 protected area contained by site 600  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Mixed woodland  5%
Shrubland Scrub  5%
Grassland Machair; Mesophile grasslands  10%
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features  55%
Coastline Mud flats & sand flats; Sand dunes & beaches; Sea cliffs and rocky shores; Shingle & stony beaches  20%
Artificial - terrestrial Ruderal land  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 60%
agriculture 35%
urban/industrial/transport 5%

Protection status National None International High612 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Lambay Island, 612 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lambay Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 16/04/2014

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