County Meath has the second shortest coastline in Ireland; 21km, all of which is classified as soft coast. An example of a coastal habitat is the Boyne Estuary.
The Boyne Estuary
This area is a wildfowl sanctuary and a Special Protection Area (SPA). Some examples of species found in this area, as set out in the National Parks and Wildlife Service site synopsis, are as follows;
- Eelgrass (Zostera spp.)
- Seapurslane (Halimone portulacoides)
- Common Saltmarsh-grass (Puccinelliamaritima)
- Sea Plantain (Plantago martima)
- Lax-flowered sea-lavender (Limonium humile)
- Glasswort (Salicoma spp)
- Common Cord-grass (Spartina anglico)
The following wintering birds are found at this site;
- Golden Plover
- Grey Plover
- Black-tailed Godwit
Further information on this site is available from the National Parks & Wildlife Service.