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South Cornwall 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
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus VU winter 1999-2000 57 individuals B1i, C2, C6
Arctic Loon Gavia arctica LC winter 1999-2000 160 individuals C6
Common Loon Gavia immer LC winter 1999-2000 109 individuals A4i, B1i, C2, C6

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 favourable 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
Podiceps auritus Horned Grebe 50 57 individuals 100 favourable
Gavia arctica Arctic Loon 135 160 individuals 100 favourable
Gavia immer Common Loon 84 109 individuals 100 favourable

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%) No management planning has taken place Very little or no conservation action taking place 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)
Upper Fal Estuary and Woods Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 578 protected area overlaps with site 0
Trelissick Nature Reserve 152 protected area overlaps with site 0
The Roseland Nature Reserve 168 protected area overlaps with site 0
The Roseland Heritage Coast 10,534 protected area overlaps with site 4,662
The Dodman and St Austell Bay Nature Reserve 33 protected area overlaps with site 0
South Helford Nature Reserve 64 protected area overlaps with site 0
Rosemullion Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 17 protected area overlaps with site 0
Par Beach and St Andrews Road Local Nature Reserve 30 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Helford Nature Reserve 46 protected area overlaps with site 0
Merthen Wood Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 72 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Meneage Coastal Section Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 78 protected area overlaps with site 0
Lower Fal & Helford Intertidal Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 263 protected area overlaps with site 0
Gribbin Head-Polperro Heritage Coast 6,008 protected area overlaps with site 0
Glendurgan Nature Reserve 14 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Gerrans Bay To Camels Cove Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 132 protected area overlaps with site 0
Gerrans and Veryan Bays Nature Reserve 85 protected area overlaps with site 0
Fowey Nature Reserve 304 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Falmouth Bay to St Austell Bay Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 25,899 protected area overlaps with site 0
Fal And Helford Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 6,363 protected area overlaps with site 0
Fal and Helford Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Cuckoo Rock To Turbot Point Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 101 protected area overlaps with site 0
Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 96,369 protected area overlaps with site 8,659
Carricknath Point To Porthbean Beach Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 50 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

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

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
military -


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: South Cornwall Coast. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/south-cornwall-coast-iba-united-kingdom on 22/02/2024.