SPA - 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.

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 in 2005-2007 with local cliff top grass seed which had been harvested by hand during the two autumns prior to the construction phase.  This area, within the visitor centre grounds has now completely regenerated and wildlife has returned to the cliff top areas.

Visitor flow is managed to discourage visitors from entering the protected areas. We are committed to environmental conservation and education.

More Information

Download these PDF’s for detailed information on the Cliffs of Moher SPA

SPA 004005 Statutory Instrument No 269 of 2010

SPA 004005 Site Synopsis

SPA 004005 Natura 2000 Data form

One of Ireland’s most famous sights, the Cliffs of Moher are entirely vertical and the cliff edge is abrupt. On a clear day the views are tremendous, with the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay. From the cliff edge you can just hear the booming far below as the waves crash and gnaw at the soft shale and sandstone.

With a due-west exposure, sunset is the best time to visit.

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