UK042
Mid-Essex Coast


Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 22,856 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 very unfavourable high low
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Site description (2007 baseline)
A large complex of estuaries and sand-silt flats, including the Blackwater, Crouch, Colne and Dengie Estuaries. Foulness and Maplin Sands is one of the three largest continuous sand-silt flats in Britain. The IBA is important for wintering and passage waders and wildfowl and for breeding terns and is also nationally important for breeding Panurus biarmicus.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Mid-Essex Coast. Downloaded from https://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/mid-essex-coast-iba-united-kingdom on 22/02/2024.