Dundalk Bay

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Dundalk Bay

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    4,768 ha
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    54°00'N 06°19'W
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Dundalk Bay. 11/06/96; Lough; 4,768 ha; 54°00'N 006°20'W. An open sea bay with extensive saltmarshes, intertidal sand and mudflats encompassing the estuaries of the four rivers. The intertidal flats support a rich fauna of bivalve molluscs, marine worms and crustaceans that provide the main food source for tens of thousands of waterbirds. The site is internationally important for waterbirds regularly holding over 20,000 birds and supporting over 1% of the Northwest European/East Atlantic Flyway populations of numerous species of waterbirds. The saltmarshes are partially fenced and grazed by sheep and are used as high-tide roosts. Ramsar site no. 834.

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    • EU Natura 2000
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