Exe Estuary

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A4iii, B1i, B2, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 2,586 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (response)
2007 medium very unfavourable medium
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Site description (baseline)
A complex of habitats, extending over 10 km south from Exeter to the open sea at Dawlish Warren. Broad intertidal flats and grazing-marshes are the dominant habitats. Extensive mussel, eel-grass Zostera and algal beds and a sand-spit further increase the habitat diversity. The site is important for wintering and passage wildfowl and waders, and for breeding Cettia cetti.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Exe Estuary. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.