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Tamar Estuaries Complex


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
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta LC winter 2001-2006 384 individuals C6

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 very unfavourable 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
Recurvirostra avosetta Pied Avocet 195 384 individuals 100 favourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 5700 1623 individuals 29 very unfavourable

Conservation actions taken at site (response)
Conservation Designation Management Planning Conservation Action Result
Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation Unknown Unknown low
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IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty 19,652 protected area overlaps with site 1,489
Tamar Estuary Sites Marine Conservation Zone 1,530 protected area overlaps with site 0
Tamar Estuary Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 1,500 protected area overlaps with site 0
Tamar Estuaries Complex Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,945 is identical to site 1,939
Tamar Estuaries Complex Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Tamar - Tavy Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,414 protected area overlaps with site 1,131
St John's Lake Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 266 protected area overlaps with site 270
Plymouth Sound And Estuaries Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 6,387 protected area contains site 0
Plymouth Sound and Estuaries Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Lynher Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 673 protected area overlaps with site 533
Lopwell Dam Local Nature Reserve 5 protected area overlaps with site 0
Erth Barton and Erth Island Nature Reserve 84 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland, Mixed woodland -
Grassland -
Wetlands (inland) Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters, Mud flats and sand flats, Salt marshes, Rivers and streams, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tamar Estuaries Complex. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/04/2021.