Special Protected Area

The Cliffs of Moher are a Special Protected Area (SPA) under Irish & EU legislation. The area is of special importance due to the presence bird species such as Chough, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Guillemot Razorbill and Puffin. The site is also of conservation interest as a breeding site for over 30,000 seabirds.

Guillemots nesting on the great stack

The protected area includes the area outside the walls as well as the cliff face. As part of an ecological reconstruction of the SPA closest to the visitor centre and damaged cliff top habitats were reseeded during the construction stage with local cliff top grass seed which had been harvested by hand during the two autumns prior to the construction phase. Visitor flow is managed to discourage visitors from entering the protected areas. We are committed to environmental conservation and education.