There are six islands located just off the Fingal coast.
These are Irelands Eye near Howth, Lambay near Rush, and Colt,
Patrick, Shenick and Rockabill near Skerries. These islands
are home to about 80.000 breeding seabirds during the summer
Rockabill has the biggest breeding colony of Roseate Terns
in North-western Europe. Lambay Island holds Irelands largest
mixed seabird colony and is of international importance.
Irelands Eye is one of only five colonies of Gannets in Ireland
and is the only one on the east coast. The three large Cormorant
colonies on Lambay, Irelands Eye and St. Patricks Island collectively
form a supercolony that comprises the largest
aggregation of the species anywhere in Britain or Ireland.
The most abundant sea birds are Guillemots and Kittiwakes.
Most seabirds feed on the open sea where they dive from the
air to catch fish or invertebrates. Next time you visit the
coast, keep an eye out for Terns and Gannets that can be seen
plunging into the sea anywhere between Howth and Balbriggan.
Please note that all the islands are privately owned. With
the exception of Ireland's Eye, access to these islands is
strictly with prior approval of the landowner.