Chesil Beach and the Fleet

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: B2, C2 (2007)
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Area: 985 ha

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 very high very unfavourable high
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Site description
Chesil Beach is one of the largest shingle structures in Britain, measuring 150-200 m in width, and running for 28 km from Burton Bradstock in the west to the Isle of Portland in the east. The beach encloses The Fleet, the largest tidal lagoon in Britain. The IBA supports large numbers of wildfowl in winter.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Chesil Beach and the Fleet. Downloaded from on 08/02/2023.