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Location Ireland, Donegal
Central coordinates 8o 11.00' West  55o 8.00' North
IBA criteria A1, C1, C6
Area 1,085 ha
Altitude 0 - 60m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

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Site description This large site follows the coastline from Falcarragh to Min an Chladaigh in north County Donegal. It encompasses a large area inland, much of which is small, extensively managed farms, and it excludes the estuary at Ballyness Bay.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Corncrake Crex crex breeding  1996  26 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1, C6  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ballyness Bay - IE0001090 Habitats Directive 1,236 protected area overlaps with site 68  
Gweedore Bay and Islands - IE0001141 Habitats Directive 6,016 protected area is adjacent to site 0  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Mesophile grasslands  100%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 100%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Falcarragh to Min an Chladaigh. Downloaded from on 22/09/2014

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