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Location United Kingdom, East Anglia
Central coordinates 0o 20.21' East  53o 5.87' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C4, C6
Area 421 ha
Altitude
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description Gibraltar Point covers three miles of coast from Skegness to The Wash. Wintering and passage wildfowl and waders are supported by the sandy and muddy seashore, sand dunes, saltmarsh and freshwater marsh with ponds and lagoons. The site is also important for breeding terns.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica passage  2001-2006  2,375 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C2  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  2001-2006  53,640 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Red Knot Calidris canutus winter  2001-2006  9,005 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina passage  2001-2006  6,245 individuals  good  B2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  2000  32 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  2006  53 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  2001-2006  72,376 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Gibraltar Point Birds Directive 414 is identical to site 414  
Gibraltar Point National Nature Reserve 438 is identical to site 421  
Gibraltar Point Site of Special Scientific Interest 598 protected area contains site 421  
Gibraltar Point Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 414 is identical to site 414  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Coastline   -
Wetlands (inland)   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gibraltar Point. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/10/2014

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