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Dungeness To Pett Levels


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
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus LC winter 2001-2006 165 individuals B2, C2, C6
Smew Mergellus albellus LC winter 2001-2006 32 individuals C6
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC passage 2001-2006 457 individuals B1i, C3
Northern Shoveler Spatula clypeata LC winter 2001-2006 547 individuals B1i, C3
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria LC winter 2001-2006 3,864 individuals C6
Ruff Calidris pugnax LC winter 2001-2006 35 individuals C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 2006 170 breeding pairs C6
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 2000 118 breeding pairs C6
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC breeding 2006 500 breeding pairs B1i, B2, C6
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2001-2006 33,589 individuals A4iii, C4

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.

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IBA Monitoring

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium unfavourable low
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
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors flight paths likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Cygnus columbianus Tundra Swan 325 165 individuals 51 unfavourable
Mergellus albellus Smew 38 32 individuals 85 near favourable
Spatula clypeata Northern Shoveler 515 547 individuals 100 favourable
Pluvialis apricaria Eurasian Golden Plover 2850 3864 individuals 100 favourable
Calidris pugnax Ruff 47 35 individuals 75 near favourable
Sternula albifrons Little Tern 41 21 breeding pairs 52 unfavourable
Sterna hirundo Common Tern 280 170 breeding pairs 61 unfavourable
Thalasseus sandvicensis Sandwich Tern 100 500 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 33194 33589 individuals 100 favourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Some of site covered (10-49%) 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 low
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Winchelsea Nature Reserve 49 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rye Harbour Local Nature Reserve 325 protected area overlaps with site 0
Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 87,885 protected area is adjacent to site 0
High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 146,187 protected area overlaps with site 0
Hastings Cliffs To Pett Beach Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 312 protected area overlaps with site 0
Dungeness; Romney Marsh and Rye Bay Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 42,418 protected area overlaps with site 1,471
Dungeness, Romney Marsh and Rye Bay Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 10,170 protected area overlaps with site 4,469
Dungeness Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,241 protected area overlaps with site 0
Dungeness National Nature Reserve 1,031 protected area overlaps with site 0
Dungeness Nature Reserve 984 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Mud flats and sand flats, Salt marshes, Shingle or stony beaches, Standing freshwater, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Artificial/Terrestrial Highly improved re-seeded landscapes, Arable land -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
military -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Dungeness To Pett Levels. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/01/2021.