Ballycotton Bay

Ballycotton Bay
Ballycotton Bay
Ballycotton Bay

Ballycotton Bay

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  • Area: 
    92 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    51°50'N 08°00'W
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Ballycotton Bay comprises a stretch of coastline with shallow marine areas and two sheltered inlets which receive water from several small rivers. The main habitats are intertidal mudflats with fringing saltwater and freshwater marshes. These provide important roosting sites and foraging resources for waterbirds, notably wintering birds such as the common loon (Gavia immer) and the bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica). The Site is a well-known location for waders, especially during their autumn passage. The estuarine and coastal habitats are important for coastal erosion control and storm protection, and provide a natural filtration service which is important for coastal water quality. Human activities include livestock grazing. Monitoring is implemented, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service Conservation Rangers regularly inspect the Site.

Administrative region: 
South West (NUTS 3)

  • National legal designation: 
    • Wildfowl Sanctuary
    • wildfowl refuge
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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