Blackpark and Gutcher, Yell

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
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata LC breeding 1994 6 breeding pairs C7
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus LC breeding 1992 23 breeding pairs C7
Arctic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus LC breeding 2002 16 breeding pairs C7

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 very high unfavourable 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 whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Stercorarius parasiticus Arctic Jaeger 27 16 breeding pairs 60 unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Not assessed low
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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Yell Nature Reserve 1,868 protected area overlaps with site 0
North Sandwick Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 6 protected area overlaps with site 0
Gutcher Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 2 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Fetlar to Haroldswick Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area 21,557 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Fetlar to Haroldswick Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 21,500 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Black Park RSPB Reserve 282 protected area overlaps with site 210


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Blanket bogs, Fens, transition mires and springs -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Blackpark and Gutcher, Yell. Downloaded from on 25/03/2023.