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St Abbs Head to Fast Castle


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
Razorbill Alca torda NT breeding 1998-2000 3,157 individuals B3
Common Murre Uria aalge LC breeding 1998-2000 43,744 individuals B1ii, C3
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a breeding 1998-2000 32,161 breeding pairs A4iii, C4
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a breeding 1998-2000 16,962 breeding pairs A4iii, C4

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 low near favourable 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
No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Gulosus aristotelis European Shag 430 329 breeding pairs 77 near favourable
Alca torda Razorbill 2194 3157 individuals 100 favourable
Uria aalge Common Murre 31045 43744 individuals 100 favourable
Species group - seabirds A4iii 23216 32161 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 21620 16962 breeding pairs 79 near favourable

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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Not assessed low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

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
St Abb's Head to Fast Castle Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,737 protected area contains site 249
St Abb's Head to Fast Castle Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 123 protected area overlaps with site 127
St Abb's Head to Fast Castle Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 253 protected area overlaps with site 249
St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve 78 protected area overlaps with site 77
St Abb`s Head to Fast Castle Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Berwickshire Coast (Intertidal) Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 207 protected area overlaps with site 0
Berwickshire And North Northumberland Coast Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 65,226 protected area overlaps with site 0
Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland -
Shrubland Scrub -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
nature conservation and research -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: St Abbs Head to Fast Castle. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/09/2020.