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Gannet Colony, Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford

Gannet Colony, Great Saltee Island, Co. Wexford

The Saltee Islands (Irish: Na Sailtí) are a pair of small islands lying 5 kilometres off the southern coast of County Wexford in Ireland. Together, the islands form one of Ireland's largest bird sanctuaries. Many species of seabirds are found there, including gannets, cormorants, puffins, razorbills and guillemots and kittiwakes as well as a colony of manx shearwaters, one of very few in eastern Ireland. The Saltee Islands St. Georges Channel are situated approximately 5 kilometres off the coast of Kilmore Quay County Wexford. The larger island, Great Saltee, is very popular with both day-trippers and birdwatchers.They also lie on an important migratory route and a popular stopping-off place for spring and autumn migrants. The Great Saltee also has a breeding population of Grey Seals, one of the very few in eastern Ireland. Up to 120 animals are present in autumn and up to 20 pups are produced annually.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltee