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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
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  Near Threatened 
Red Knot Calidris canutus passage  2001-2006  53,640 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
Red Knot Calidris canutus winter  2001-2006  9,005 individuals  good  A4i, B1i, C3  Near Threatened 
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   

IBA Monitoring

2007 low favourable medium
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - persecution/control likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - dams (size unknown) likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low

Limosa limosa Black-tailed Godwit 1688 2375 individuals 100 favourable
Calidris canutus Red Knot 10393 9005 individuals 87 not assessed
Calidris canutus Red Knot 19260 53640 individuals 100 favourable
Calidris alpina Dunlin 4541 6245 individuals 100 favourable
Sternula albifrons Little Tern 38 53 breeding pairs 100 favourable
Species group - waterbirds A4iii 34692 72376 individuals 100 favourable

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Substantive conservation measures are being implemented but these are not comprehensive and are limited by resources and capacity  medium 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
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  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Gibraltar Point. Downloaded from on 22/10/2016

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