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Montrose Basin


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
Red Knot Calidris canutus NT winter 2001-2006 4,038 individuals B1i, B2, C3
Common Redshank Tringa totanus LC passage 2001-2006 2,323 individuals B1i, C3
Common Redshank Tringa totanus LC winter 2001-2006 1,727 individuals B1i, C3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2001-2006 24,011 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 very unfavourable 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
Agricultural expansion and intensification marine and freshwater aquaculture - industrial aquaculture happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Cygnus cygnus Whooper Swan 105 46 individuals 44 unfavourable
Anser brachyrhynchus Pink-footed Goose 26000 1826 individuals 8 very unfavourable
Calidris canutus Red Knot 3120 4038 individuals 100 favourable
Tringa totanus Common Redshank 2450 1727 individuals 71 near favourable
Tringa totanus Common Redshank 2320 2323 individuals 100 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 49354 24011 individuals 49 unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A comprehensive and appropriate management plan exists that aims to maintain or improve the populations of qualifying bird species Some limited conservation initiatives are in place medium
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
River South Esk Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 472 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Montrose Basin (SWT) Reserve 1,017 protected area overlaps with site 940
Montrose Basin Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 985 protected area overlaps with site 981
Montrose Basin Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Montrose Basin Local Nature Reserve 1,020 protected area overlaps with site 0
Montrose Basin Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 951 protected area overlaps with site 955
Montrose Basin Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 981 is identical to site 981
Dun's Dish Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 31 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters, Mud flats and sand flats, Fens, transition mires and springs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
hunting -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Montrose Basin. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/01/2022.