Facts about County Wexford

Facts about Co. Wexford
Wexford is situated in the southeast of Ireland in the province of Leinster.
Known as the 'Sunny South East', Wexford is known for its sandy beaches and seaside villages.
The river Slaney enters the Irish Sea in Wexford Harbour.
The Blackstairs Mountains are situated along its border with Carlow and run in a northeast/ southwest direction. The range is 22km long. Mount Leinster is the highest peak in the range at 795m
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Land in Co. Wexford
Population ¹ :
Density
131,749
55.66 person / km²
Size ² : 2,367 km² ( 236,685 ha)
2.83 % of the land in Ireland *
Farmland ² : 1,850 km² ( 184,985 ha)
2.21 % of the land in Ireland *
Coastline ³ : 264 km
4.17 % of the Coastline of Ireland *
soft coast: 211 km
3.33 % of the Coastline of Ireland *
at risk: 100 km
1.58 % of the Coastline of Ireland *
Protected Land * :
There are 16 SACs, including the Blackstairs Mountains, 10 SPAs, and 3 nature reserves run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, 17 Natura 2000 sites, 1 BirdWatch Ireland reserve, 3 Ramsar sites, 1 Refuge for Fauna, 4 Wildfowl Sanctuaries, and 1 Biogenetic Reserve

Yellow Iris

Iris pseudacorus

by Onenn

 
Wildlife in Co. Wexford
Special Wildlife *:
Marine: Scypha ciliate, Thymosia guernei, Myxilla incrustans, Axinella infundibuliformis, breadcrumb sponge, Haliclona simulans, Dysidea fragilis, Hexadella racovitzai, Chrysaora hysoscella, Cyanea lamarckii, Tubularia indivisa, Munida rugosa, common spider crab, Corystes cassivelaunus, circular crab, Liocarcinus holsatus, marbled swimming crab, Leptochiton asellus, Gibbula tumida, auger shell, Lacuna crassior, Pleurobranchus membranaceus, Nucula nitidosa, Nucula nucleus, Nucula sulcata, Nuculoma tenuis, Jupiteria minuta, dog-cockle, Modiolus barbatus, marbled crenella, Lucinoma borealis, Astarte sulcata, prickly cockle, Parvicardium ovale, thick trough shell, common razor shell, Fabulina fibula, Moerella pygmaea, Donax vittatus, Circomphalus casina, banded venus, rayed artemis, Barnea candida, Cochlodesma praetenue, curled octopus, Luidia sarsi, Astropecten irregularis, Porania pulvillus, Anseropoda placenta, Stichastrella rosea, Ophiocomina nigra, Spatangus purpureus, spotted ray, cuckoo ray, two-spotted clingfish, ling, Aspitrigla cuculus, grey gurnard, reticulated dragonet, megrim, topknot, brill, Eckstrom's topknot, dab, Helminthora divaricata, Asparagopsis armata, Melobesia membranacea, Titanoderma pustulatum, Rhodymenia holmesii, Halopteris filicina
Insects: Essex skipper, Clouded yellow, small copper, comma, dark-green fritillary, wall brown, gatekeeper
Endangered species *:
Birds: Red-throated Diver, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Gannet, Cormorant, European Shag, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Greenland White-fronted Goose, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Barnacle Goose, Brent Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Scaup, Eider, Long Tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Goldeneye, Hen Harrier, Kestrel, Merlin, Quail, Water Rail, Coot, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Lapwing, Knot, Dunlin, Snipe, Woodcock, Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Redshank, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Mediterranean Gull, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Roseate Tern, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Little Tern, Puffin, Black Guillemot, Common Guillemot, Razorbill, Sparrows
Insects: The Spattered Diver, the Water Plantain Sloth Weevil, the Horsetail Sloth Weevil, the Hairy Marsh Beetle, A Great Diving Beetle, the Salty Scavenger Beetle, the Blackheaded Scavenger Beetle, the Artist, the Saltmarsh Crawler Water Beetle, the Hydravore, the Orangeman, the Red-Legged Moss Beetle, the Narrow Scavenger Beetle, the Copper Diver, the Moss Beetle, the Marine Moss Beetle, the Green Moss Beetle, the Breeched Water Beetle,
Gastropods: Prickly Snail, Heath Snail, English Chrysalis Snail, Swollen Spire Snail, Spire Snail, Marsh Whorl Snail, Common Whorl Snail, Striated Whorl Snail, Duck Mussel, Swan Mussel, Freshwater Pearl Mussel,

Montbretia

Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora

by Onenn

¹ ² ³ * Click here to see Sources.