IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2000

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC non-breeding - 1,000 individuals B1i
Common Eider Somateria mollissima NT resident - 11,000 breeding pairs B1i
Common Loon Gavia immer LC breeding - 15-20 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC passage 1990 2,220 individuals A4i, B1i
Red Knot Calidris canutus NT passage 1990 7,280 individuals B1i
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima LC resident - abundant B3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a breeding - 20,000-49,999 individuals A4iii

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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IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Heathland -
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland, Mesophile grasslands -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater, Standing brackish and salt water, Rivers and streams, Water fringe vegetation, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Melrakkasletta. Downloaded from on 13/08/2022.