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Rathlin Island


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
Razorbill Alca torda NT breeding 1999 20,860 individuals A4ii, B1ii, B3, C3
Common Murre Uria aalge LC breeding 1999 95,117 individuals B1ii, C3
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1999 81,416 breeding pairs A4iii, C4
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a breeding 1999 10,566 breeding pairs 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 favourable 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
Climate change and severe weather habitat shifting and alteration 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
Alca torda Razorbill 8955 20860 individuals 100 favourable
Uria aalge Common Murre 62537 95117 individuals 100 favourable
Species group - seabirds A4iii 51977 81416 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 11206 10566 breeding pairs 95 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Some of site covered (10-49%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity low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)
RATHLIN ISLAND COAST Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 236 protected area overlaps with site 257
RATHLIN ISLAND - KINRAMER SOUTH Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 24 protected area contained by site 0
Rathlin Island - Kebble Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 139 protected area contained by site 0
RATHLIN ISLAND - BALLYGILL NORTH Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 76 protected area contained by site 0
RATHLIN ISLAND - BALLYCARRY Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 42 protected area contained by site 0
Rathlin Island Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,343 protected area overlaps with site 236
Rathlin Island Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,347 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rathlin Island Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rathlin Island Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rathlin Nature Reserve 185 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rathlin Marine Conservation Zone 906 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rathlin RSPB Reserve 103 protected area contained by site 103
Kebble National Nature Reserve 127 protected area contained by site 127
Church Bay Area of Special Scientific Interest (NI) 20 protected area overlaps with site 0
Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 0 protected area contains site 1,466
ANTRIM COAST & GLENS AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NI) 72,524 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores, Rock stacks and islets -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
not utilised -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Rathlin Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/11/2020.