Stour and Orwell Estuaries

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4 (2007)
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Area: 3,670 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 unfavourable high medium
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Site description (2007 baseline)
The Stour estuary straddles the eastern part of the Essex/Suffolk border and comprises five main bays, whilst the Orwell is a relatively long and narrow estuary. Both estuaries support extensive mudflats and saltmarshes. The IBA supports important numbers of wintering waders and wildfowl.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Stour and Orwell Estuaries. Downloaded from on 06/12/2023.