Copeland Islands

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2007

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus LC breeding 2000-2002 4,634 breeding pairs A4ii, B1ii, B2, C3
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus LC breeding 2002 1 breeding pairs C6
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea LC breeding 2000 650 breeding pairs C6
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea LC breeding 2006 975 breeding pairs C6

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 high favourable medium
Was the whole site covered? Yes State assessed by Population
Accuracy of information good

Threats to the site (pressure)
Threat Level 1 Threat Level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Sterna paradisaea Arctic Tern 310 975 breeding pairs 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity medium
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
OUTER ARDS Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 1,116 protected area overlaps with site 74
North Channel Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 160,367 protected area overlaps with site 0
COPELAND ISLANDS Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 201 protected area overlaps with site 0
Copeland Islands Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 200 protected area overlaps with site 0


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline Rock stacks and islets, Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Copeland Islands. Downloaded from on 01/04/2023.