Morecambe Bay

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3, C2, C3, C4, C6 (2007)
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Area: 36,859 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 low very unfavourable low
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Site description
The IBA covers Morecambe Bay and the Lune estuary, with the Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre river channels draining through intertidal flats of sand and silt. The whole system is dynamic, with shifting channels formed by the cycle of erosion and accretion. The site also includes important saltmarshes. This area is of outstanding importance for wintering and passage wildfowl and waders, and for breeding wildfowl, gulls and terns.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Morecambe Bay. Downloaded from on 04/02/2023.