Wicklow Head & Reef

Wicklow Reef is located just north of Wicklow Head and is an example of a subtidal reef that has been constructed by the honeycomb worm. This is an extremely unusual habitat for Ireland – within Europe it is more commonly found in warm Mediterranean waters. It is therefore of high conservation value.

The Wicklow Reef occurs to depths of between 12 and 30 meters. A diverse range of species inhabit it, including starfish, crabs, barnacles, bryzoans, molluscs, sponges and a variety of worms.

The great seabird colony of Wicklow Head is the most easterly point of the Republic of Ireland, and its distinctive shape can be seen from most other places along the Wicklow coastline. During the nesting season from May to July, the busy call of shags, gulls, fulmars, kittiwakes, razorbills and many other species is particularly noticeable. A number of songbirds also inhabit the clifftops such as skylarks and pipits.

Listen to the call of the skylark


Courtesy of Raimund Specht of Avisoft Bioacoustics.


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