UK064
Solent Marshes and Southampton Water


Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 5,615 ha

Protection status:

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 high unfavourable medium
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Site description
This site comprises the estuaries, saltmarshes and mudflats around Southampton Water and the western Solent, including habitats on both the mainland and the Isle of Wight. The mudflats support beds of algae and eel-grass Zostera. Shingle and both neutral and calcareous grassland vegetation communities exist within the IBA. It IBA is important for breeding terns, gulls and waterbirds and for wintering wildfowl and waders.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2017) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Solent Marshes and Southampton Water. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/11/2017.