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Marwick Head


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
Common Murre Uria aalge LC breeding 2004 10,476 individuals 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 high very 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 majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Uria aalge Common Murre 36418 10476 individuals 29 very unfavourable
Species group - seabirds A4iii 26047 8887 breeding pairs 35 very unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Not assessed low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)
Marwick Head RSPB Reserve 10 protected area overlaps with site 5
Marwick Head Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Marwick Head Nature Reserve 10 protected area overlaps with site 0
Marwick Head Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 9 protected area overlaps with site 9
Marwick Head Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 476 protected area contains site 9

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Marwick Head. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 17/05/2022.