Orford (Tasmania) This is an IBA in Danger! 

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2009 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Fairy Tern Sternula nereis VU breeding 2000-2009 15-25 breeding pairs A1, A4i

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2009).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2018 not assessed very high low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
yes unset medium

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Sternula nereis Fairy Tern 50 27 adults 54 unfavourable

State (condition of the trigger species' habitats)
Habitat Habitat detail Reference area (ha) Actual area (ha) Habitat quantity (% remaining) Habitat quality (carrying capacity) Result
Marine Coastal/Supratidal 0 0 moderate (70-90%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable
Marine Intertidal 0 0 poor (40-69%) poor (40-69%) very unfavourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Climate change and severe weather storms and floods likely in long term (beyond 4 years) some of area/population (10-49%) moderate to rapid deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) moderate to rapid deterioration very high
Transportation and service corridors shipping lanes happening now whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation No management planning has taken place Not assessed low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Raspins Beach Conservation Area 5 protected area contains site 3


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -

Land ownership
Owned by the Tasmanian State Government and managed by the Parks and Wildlife Service.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Orford (Tasmania). Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/orford-(tasmania)-iba-australia on 22/09/2023.