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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

BirdWatch Ireland

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.

Key Biodiversity This site is an important breeding area for Crex crex and is the closest mainland site to Inishbofin (site 013) and, further out to sea, Tory Island (site 012), two islands which together held 20% of the national population of this species in 1996.

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 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high not assessed low

Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 


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 (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Falcarragh to Min an Chladaigh. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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