Northern Ireland's Priority Species

Species list

All species listed are Priority Species but those that are not highlighted in bold do not yet have a species account. Text for these species will be added in due course.

Common NameScientific name
golden plover Pluvialis apricaria
black-throated diver Gavia arctica
black-necked grebe Podiceps nigricollis
sooty shearwater Puffinus griseus
Balearic shearwater Puffinus mauretanicus
bittern Botaurus stellaris
Bewick's swan Cygnus columbianus
whooper swan Cygnus cygnus
Greenland white-fronted goose Anser albifrons flavirostris
pale-bellied brent goose Branta bernicla hrota
pintail Anas acuta
garganey Anas querquedula
shoveler Anas clypeata
pochard Aythya ferina
tufted duck Aythya fuligula
scaup Aythya marila
common scoter Melanitta nigra
goldeneye Bucephala clangula
white-tailed eagle Haliaeetus albicilla
hen harrier Circus cyaneus
goshawk Accipiter gentilis
golden eagle Aquila chrysaetos
red grouse Lagopus lagopus
quail Coturnix coturnix
corncrake Crex crex
lapwing Vanellus vanellus
knot Calidris canutus
dunlin Calidris alpina
black-tailed godwit Limosa limosa
whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
curlew Numenius arquata
redshank Tringa totanus
red-necked phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
artic skua Stercorarius parasiticus
black-headed gull Larus ridibundus
herring gull Larus argentatus
roseate tern Sterna dougallii
little tern Sterna albifrons
turtle dove Streptopelia turtur
cuckoo Cuculus canorus
barn owl Tyto alba
short-eared owl Asio flammeus
nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
common swift Apus apus
skylark Alauda arvensis
tree pipit Anthus trivialis
yellow wagtail Motacilla flava
dunnock Prunella modularis
ring ouzel Turdus torquatus
fieldfare Turdus pilaris
song thrush Turdus philomelos
redwing Turdus iliacus
grasshopper warbler Locustella naevia
wood warbler Phylloscopus sibilatrix
spotted flycatcher Muscicapa striata
chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax
starling Sturnus vulgaris
house sparrow Passer domesticus
tree sparrow Passer montanus
linnet Carduelis cannabina
twite Carduelis flavirostris
lesser redpoll Carduelis cabaret
bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula
hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes
yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella
reed bunting Emberiza schoeniclus