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Location United Kingdom, East Anglia
Central coordinates 0o 36.69' West  52o 18.65' North
IBA criteria A4iii, B1i, C3, C4, C6
Area 1,366 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Site description A series of reclaimed gravel pits and surrounding grassland, important for wintering waterbirds.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Gadwall Mareca strepera winter  2001-2006  486 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Gadwall Mareca strepera non-breeding  1999-2004  773 individuals  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris non-breeding  1999-2994  2 individuals  good  C6  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  2001-2006  19,899 individuals  good  A4iii, C4   
A4iii Species group - waterbirds non-breeding  1999-2004  23,821 individuals  good  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) 1,382 protected area overlaps with site 1,361  


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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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