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Coastal Habitats

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;

  • Shelduck
  • Oystercatcher
  • Golden Plover
  • Grey Plover
  • Lapwing
  • Knot
  • Sanderling
  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • Redshank
  • Turnstone

Further information on this site is available from the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

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