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Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay


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
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula LC passage 2001-2006 613 individuals B1i, C3
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC passage 2001-2006 904 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres LC winter 2001-2006 1,108 individuals A4i, B1i, C3
A4iii Species group - waterbirds n/a winter 2001-2006 35,429 individuals 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 medium 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
Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Energy production and mining renewable energy likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - small dams likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - nutrient loads happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Pollution domestic & urban waste water - sewage happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low

Condition of key/trigger populations (state)
Scientific Common TargetPop ActualPop Units Remaining Result
Charadrius hiaticula Common Ringed Plover 500 613 individuals 100 favourable
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone 940 904 individuals 97 favourable
Arenaria interpres Ruddy Turnstone 1100 1108 individuals 100 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)
Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 1,881 protected area contained by site 1,873
Thanet Coast & Sandwich Bay Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2,169 protected area overlaps with site 2,169
Thanet Coast Marine Conservation Zone 6,400 protected area overlaps with site 0
Thanet Coast Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area overlaps with site 0
Thanet Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 816 protected area overlaps with site 813
Thanet Coast Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 6,400 protected area overlaps with site 0
Thanet Coast Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,816 protected area overlaps with site 0
Tankerton Slopes And Swalecliffe Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 13 protected area overlaps with site 0
Sandwich Bay To Hacklinge Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest (UK) 1,789 protected area overlaps with site 1,798
Sandwich Bay Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,137 protected area contained by site 0
Sandwich and Pegwell Bays Nature Reserve 218 protected area overlaps with site 0
Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve 629 protected area overlaps with site 602
Prince's Beachlands Local Nature Reserve 6 protected area contained by site 0
Outer Thames Estuary Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 392,452 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Outer Thames Estuary Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 0 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Lydden Valley Nature Reserve 230 protected area overlaps with site 0
Bishopstone Cliffs Local Nature Reserve 67 protected area overlaps with site 0

Habitats

IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Shrubland Scrub -
Wetlands (inland) Tidal rivers and enclosed tidal waters, Mud flats and sand flats, Salt marshes, Sand dunes and beaches, Shingle or stony beaches, Coastal lagoons, Rivers and streams, Fens, transition mires and springs -
Sea Sea inlets and coastal features -
Coastline Sea cliffs and rocky shores -
Artificial/Terrestrial Arable land -
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Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
tourism/recreation -
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Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Thanet Coast and Sandwich Bay. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/08/2020.