SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Sheep Island

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Sheep Island is located off the north coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland. It is a small, exposed island with steep cliffs and rocky shores, and holds a breeding colony of Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo carbo.


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:

During the breeding season;
Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo, 249 pairs representing at least 0.6% of the breeding Northwestern Europe population (5 year mean 1992-1996)



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