Howth Head

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Howth Head

Howth Head

Howth Head Ceann Bhinn Éadair is a peninsula northeast of Dublin city in Ireland. Howth falls under the local governance of Fingal County Council. Entry to the headland is at Sutton while the village of Howth and the harbour are on the northern shore. Baily Lighthouse is on the southeastern part of Howth Head. Nearby are the districts of Baldoyle and Portmarnock.
Most of the headland is hilly, with peaks such as the 171 m Black Linn, by the Ben of Howth, on a side road beyond the Green Hill Quarries at the Loughereen Hills, Shielmartin Hill (163 m) overlooking Carrickbrack Road and Carrickbrack and Dun Hill. There are also craggy areas such as and Muck Rock (Carrickmore), and Kilrock, and there are steep sea cliffs around parts, especially on the north coast. Gorse grows in many places on the headland. Fires are frequent during dry summers.
The cliffs support a large colony of seabirds, notably razorbills, common guillemots, fulmars, kittiwakes,great cormorants and a few pairs of black guillemot.The scrubland above supports several heathland species including skylarks, meadow pipits, whitethroats, linnets, stonechats pictured and whinchats. The most commonly seen birds of prey are kestrels, peregrine falcons and common buzzards.
Rarities have also been recorded. Firecrest, Radde's warbler

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