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South Westray Coast


IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Sanderling Calidris alba LC winter 2007 47 individuals C7
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima LC winter 2007 280 individuals C7

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).


IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 unfavourable low negligible
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes population good

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Calidris alba Sanderling 27 47 individuals 100 favourable
Calidris maritima Purple Sandpiper 415 280 individuals 68 unfavourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) Unknown Not assessed negligible
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
West Westray Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 350 protected area is adjacent to site 0
West Westray Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 3,780 protected area is adjacent to site 0
West Westray Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area is adjacent to site 0

Habitats

Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
not utilised -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: South Westray Coast. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/south-westray-coast-iba-united-kingdom on 04/03/2024.